America’s abundance of oil and natural gas resources are providing a variety of high-tech, well-paying career opportunities. More than 30 refining expansions worth $14 billion are currently under development across the United States. In addition, approximately 243 U.S. chemical investment projects are planned, valued at $146 billion – it’s estimated that these investments can produce more than 485,000 direct jobs, more than 258,000 indirect jobs, and more than 442,000 jobs in communities around the project areas.

STEM knowledge is a crucial skillset in the refining and petrochemical industries, and it’s imperative that we prepare today’s students to participate in tomorrow’s workforce. With that in mind, AFPM was a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Energy Day in Houston on October 17. Presented by the Consumer Energy Alliance and Consumer Energy Education Foundation, Energy Day drew approximately 27,000 K-12 students and families and featured over 75 interactive exhibits demonstrating the various forms of energy sources, science, technology, efficiency, and careers within the energy industry.

AFPM’s exhibit featured a variety of hands-on demonstrations, including “petrochemical magic tricks” – students, parents, and teachers had the opportunity to make shrinky-dinks and other experiments while learning how petrochemicals are the building blocks for essential, everyday products. Students also learned about the variety of well-paying career opportunities available within the petrochemical industry from INEOS engineers – a big thanks to INEOS for their time and participation at Energy Day 2015! We’d also like to thank TPC Group for their giveaway contributions – our member participation was key to a successful event!

Events like Energy Day spotlight how refining and petrochemical manufacturers create products for your life every day while investing in STEM initiatives and local communities. To learn more, check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!