Education of the younger generation as to the importance of energy and its recovery methods is essential to foster an informed public. Additionally, these educational programs help to generate interest in careers in scientific fields. The younger generation is the technical resource of the future energy business.

A quality approach to educating school children ages 5 through 12 about the everyday efforts people make to produce oil and natural gas in concert with the environment has been developed and evolved over the past years. The school presentation while designed for children includes discussions of environmental risk analysis as well as production and exploration techniques. The teaching aides include colorful graphics and an "environmentally aware" kit fox character named "Pockets", as well as local field examples and hands-on experiences. The program is most successful when developed for the regional geographic setting allowing children to relate to the examples, however, the teaching techniques developed through the experience can be adapted throughout the industry.

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