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Students race toward efficiency in Energy Capital of the World

2013 April 4

With thousands oil and gas-related companies calling it home, it’s small wonder that the City of Houston is sometimes known as the Energy Capital of the World.

At HISD, we are well aware of the value these industries bring to our economy, and that’s one of the reasons we created petroleum academies at three of our high schools.

We want our students to be prepared for the many challenging job opportunities available in these fields, and I am excited to see that students from one of those campuses—Westside High School—will be demonstrating what they’ve learned so far when they take part in Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas downtown this weekend.

This annual event challenges young people to build the most energy-efficient vehicles they can think of, then compete to see which one can go the furthest on the least amount of fuel.

The goal this year is to beat last year’s record of 2,188 miles on a single gallon of gas.

I hope some of you will have a chance to drop by Discovery Green this weekend to root for our teams. There will be plenty to see and do for the whole family. Go Wolves!

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