More than 60 local area high school students worked to solve real-world energy challenges and present their solutions at the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Energy Challenge. The Village School team was selected by a panel of industry experts for their innovative solutions to a self-diagnosing and self-healing offshore production facility as the third place prize winner.
“OTC has been one of the most demanding projects I have ever participated in,” student Divyesh K. said. “Countless hours were spent achieving perfection in our research as well as making our poster and video. One of the coolest things about this project was being able to meet various industry professionals, and being exposed to a caliber of research that I had never experienced before."
The team presented their ideas in the form of an e-poster to all OTC audiences and attendees.
“It encouraged me to explore different aspects of offshore technology and emerging technologies," student Omar I. said. “It also gave me incredible opportunities to interact with industry leaders and professionals who helped guide us and mentor us.”
After presenting their research students were allowed to explore all that OTC had to offer.
“Exploring the trade show exhibits was an eye-opening experience,” student Olivia B. said. “We had the opportunity to talk one on one with developers of cutting edge technology, see models of construction vessels and offshore production systems, pilot ROVs, and view full-sized oil and gas hardware. The range of companies and products on view was unlike anything I had seen before.”