Nancy Hanson of PETEX introduces the "Gusher Game."

CIE joins the fun at Explore UT


The University of Texas at Austin belongs to the people of Texas. And on Saturday, March 6, the university welcomes an estimated 30,000 Texan schoolchildren, teachers and parents to our campus for the 11th annual Explore UT—“The Biggest Open House in Texas.” Explore UT provides unique opportunities for exploring the university's wealth of educational research and treasures. Guests can participate in everything from a solar car workshop to making art prints with a steamroller.

CIE has participated every year since Explore UT’s inception with programs ranging from games, art projects, discussions and reading activities. This year, CIE presents:

  • “Distance Education: Earn High School Credit at Any Time and Any Place”: This interactive program from the K-16 Education Center offers a valuable, firsthand look at the Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program. Hear from former migrant students now attending the university about the unique challenges they faced as high school students and the benefits found in CIE’s Migrant Student Program.

  • “Drillin’ for Oil”: The Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) presents this popular program where schoolchildren learn about the oil and gas industry while testing their knowledge of energy slang and playing the “Gusher Game.” Nancy Hanson of PETEX introduces this hands-on activity in the video above.

    Both “Drillin’ for Oil” and “Distance Education” take place Saturday, March 6th, 11 – 11:40 a.m. and again from 12 – 12:40 p.m. on the West Mall. We hope to see you at Explore UT.


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