At the end of January 2013, eighteen Sweeny HS POWER SET members
spent two days in Galveston, Texas. "We began the trip with some
team building activities at Pleasure Pier on Sunday evening. One of
the activities was a scavenger hunt around the pier. The first team
that found all items was awarded luggage service for the entire
trip. Other PS members had to load and unload their luggage for the
remainder of the trip," says Kelly Bertsch, the SHS PS advisor.
In addition, PS members that were also enrolled in Pre-Calculus
attempted to calculate the linear and angular velocity of the
Cyclone ride. We calculated the time it took to complete a cycle
and then used that to find our other values. What a neat way to
bring mathematics into the real world.
On Monday morning, we headed to Pier 19 and the Offshore Rig
Museum, the OceanStar. This is an actual "jack-up" rig that has
been moved in to dry dock and turned into a museum. While on tour
POWER SET members learned of the different oil rigs that exist in
the world and the challenges of building them. They also learned of
the environmental issues surrounding offshore drilling and ways
companies are addressing those issues including setting up
artificial reefs after the rig has been removed from service.
While on tour, one room displayed the "pioneers of offshore
drilling." There were hundreds of pictures and biographies to read.
Mariglyn Knight asked our tour guide if any of the pioneers were
women. Of course, they were not. My response to that was "That is
why we have POWER SET. To courage young women like you to become
leaders in these areas." Now, seniors Brittany Manley and Paige
Achten have plans to develop and patent a new, more environmentally
sound, drilling rig and retire at age 25!
While taking our pictures in the cardboard cut-out, we also
noticed these are both men. While offshore drilling has typically
been a man's world, the tour guide indicated more and more women
are joining the drilling workforce since there are opportunities in
computers, planning, and even in food service. She said that some
of the best food is served on offshore drilling rigs because they
hire established chefs that produce four meals each day.
As the photos show, the girls enjoyed the tour of the museum and
participated in many of the activities. After lunch at the Gumbo
Bar, we headed to Pier 21 and the Texas Seaport Museum. The Elissa
was back in port and members were able to tour the tall ship. They
watched a video about the restoration of the tall ship and how it
earned its place in ship history.
Following the Elissa tour, we boarded a boat for the harbor
tour. While on the tour, POWER SET members learned of the shipping
industry that keeps the Port of Galveston busy. They also learned
about the wide variety of birds and marine life that teem in the
Bay. They learned the difference between the brown and white
pelicans and even spotted several dolphins while on tour. A
graduate of TAMU Galveston was our tour guide, so he talked about
the fields of study at that campus."
Pictures in this album:
The Cyclone ride (2 pictures).
Paige Achten and Brittany Manley prepare to soar 230 feet above
the water on the swings.
Alise Driggers and Mariglyn Knight prepare for their high
SHS POWER SET members at Galveston Harbor.
OceanStar Offshore Rig Museum.
Chelsea Adams and Alise Driggers examine diving suit used on
Allison White, Shelby Kiddy, and Kelsey Morris dressed up in rig
Joycelyn Myles tries on the Rig Captain's Chair for size.
POWER SET members examine the pipe deck on the outside of the
POWER SET members examine the moon pool in the OceanStar.
Chelsea Adams, Erin Hopkins, Mariglyn Knight, and Brittany Horton
pose in the MEN worker cardboard cutouts.
POWER SET members on the Elissa (2 pictures).
Sydney Westbrook and Alise Driggers enjoy the harbor tour.
Kelsey Morris searches for dolphins in the boat's wake.