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Sweeny POWER SET Members Travel to Galveston Island: January 2013

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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 ride.
The ride.
SHS POWER SET members at Galveston Harbor.
OceanStar Offshore Rig Museum.
Chelsea Adams and Alise Driggers examine diving suit used on offshore rigs.
Allison White, Shelby Kiddy, and Kelsey Morris dressed up in rig worker clothing.
Joycelyn Myles tries on the Rig Captain's Chair for size.
POWER SET members examine the pipe deck on the outside of the rig.
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.

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