Houston Changed Energy, Energy Changed Houston

Today, Houston has become a hub for STEM education and is known as “the chief technical center for a global oil industry.” Innovation taking place in Houston is driving the future of oil and natural gas across the globe.

The energy industry has made Houston-based academic institutions giants in STEM education, offering significant benefits for students in the region. In 2006, the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center was established, which aims to help high school students in enhanced STEM curriculum and prepare them for a future career in energy. Since its founding, the EEC has provided more than $1 million in college scholarships and awarded 750 industry student externships with 36 participating companies.

$1 million
in college scholorships

industry student externships

Houston’s energy innovation has led to remarkable advances outside of energy – innovation that has benefited Houston for decades. Today, energy companies continue to share many of their groundbreaking technological advancements across industries.

In 2019, Houston hosted the FIRST Championship – a robotics competition drawing more than 15,000 students interested in STEM from around the world. It was one of the largest celebrations of STEM for youth in the world.

Houston was ranked #6 for STEM diversity in a 2019 study that examined the demographics within STEM employment in 35 technology hubs in the United States.

At least 21 of Houston’s 40 corporate R&D centers are focused on energy technology and innovation.