HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Those looking to jump behind the wheel of one of America’s best-selling electric cars – or catch a glance of one of country music’s rising stars – will get a chance to do so on Saturday, October 17th, at Houston’s 5th annual Energy Day Festival.
Cohosted by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF), the all-day event – the largest of its kind in Houston – will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., in downtown Houston.
The tens of thousands expected to attend will ride the event’s newest attraction – the Nissan Leaf ‘Ride and Drive Course’ – while listening to a live performance by singer and songwriter Alyssa Bagley, a rising country music star who has opened for Clay Walker, Josh Turner, Dirks Bentley, Gary Allen, and Big and Rich and will be opening for Willie Nelson in November 2015.
Other must-see attractions for visitors include performing “petrochemical magic tricks” with Lynn Hogue of Terrific Science – like making slime and Shrinky Dinks out of petrochemicals – and seeing Subsea Tieback Foundation's SEATIGER, a trailer- mounted tank and mini-Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) that provides an opportunity for students to experience hands on mini-ROV technology. In all, more than 100 interactive exhibits and scientific demonstrations showing on-going advancements and innovations in America’s fast-growing energy sector will be on hand.
Houston’s annual Energy Day Festival helps spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – the basic classroom skills the nation needs in order to continue its record-breaking energy revolution and the affordable, reliable energy it has supplied to millions of American families, farms, factories, and small businesses in recent years.
“Energy Day is not only a fun, cost-free way for families to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon, but it also helps students get interested in the types of classroom studies that will later lead to high-rewarding careers, especially as our country’s energy sector continues to experience unprecedented growth,” CEA President David Holt says. “All exhibitors and demonstrations are very hands-on. Energy Day gives kids and their parents experiences they can’t find every day. Experiments they can see and touch, technology they can use to explore and understand the world a little better. As the Energy Capital of the world, there’s no better way to celebrate Houston than joining us at Energy Day!”
As part of Energy Day’s educational mission, CEA and CEEF collaborate with more than 25 Houston-area academic groups to host the year-round Energy Day Academic Program (EDAP) aimed at motivating, challenging, and inspiring K-12 students to seek careers in science and technology. Since the program began in 2011, CEEF and CEA have provided nearly $60,000 in financial awards to more than 300 K-12 students and teachers. More than 120 students and teachers will receive over $15,000 in awards this year.
Energy Day is proudly sponsored by more than 100 Houston businesses, including ConocoPhillips, Caterpillar, Anadarko, Freedom Solar, Hess, Phillips 66, Golden Pass, Torch Energy, Total, Think Energy, the University of Houston, and Just Energy.
To learn more about Energy Day and its accompanying 2015 Energy Day Academic Program, visit http://www.energydayfestival.org/.
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together consumers, producers and manufacturers to engage in a meaningful dialogue about America’s energy future. Our mission is to help ensure stable prices for consumers and energy security. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop and diversify our energy resources and about energy’s importance to the economy. CEA promotes a thoughtful dialogue to help produce our abundant energy supply and to balance our energy needs with our nation’s environmental and conservation goals.