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From Nickelodeon Characters to Fossil Digging to Food Trucks, 2016 Energy Day Festival

October 11, 2016

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Those looking to learn about Caterpillar engines and machines – or catch a photo with a popular Nickelodeon character – will get a chance to do so on Saturday, October 15th, at Houston’s 6th annual Energy Day Festival, sponsored by more than 100 Houston businesses.

Cohosted by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF), the all-day event – the largest of its kind in the nation – will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., in downtown Houston.

The tens of thousands expected to attend will get the chance to hang out and snap pictures with the event’s biggest attractions – popular Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants – while playing games, winning prizes and giveaways, and partaking in science demonstrations.

Other must-see attractions for visitors include performing 'petrochemical magic tricks' with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) – where students can conduct experiments and learn how petrochemicals are used in everyday products – and seeing the Subsea Tieback Foundation's SEATIGER, a trailer-mounted tank and mini-Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) that provides students an opportunity to experience hands-on mini-ROV technology. In all, more than 50 interactive exhibits and scientific demonstrations showing ongoing advancements and innovations in America’s fast-growing energy sector will be on hand.

“Energy Day is known for many things: fun, music, great food, playing interactive games with hands-on exhibitors and demonstrators, and enjoying a nice, relaxing Saturday afternoon out with the family,” CEA President David Holt said. “But it’s most known for helping local students and their families understand the world a little better and get more interested in the types of classroom studies that will later lead to high-rewarding careers, especially in our country’s energy sector.”

As part of Energy Day’s educational mission, CEA and CEEF collaborate with more than 25 Houston-area academic groups to host the year-round Energy Day Academic Program (EDAP), which is aimed at motivating, challenging, and inspiring K-12 students to seek careers in science and technology. Since the program began in 2011, CEEF and CEA have provided more than $75,000 in financial awards to more than 420 K-12 students and teachers. This year, over 100 students and teachers will receive more than $13,000 in awards this year at Energy Day 2016.

Energy Day is proudly sponsored by more than 100 Houston businesses, including ConocoPhillips, Caterpillar, Anadarko, Freedom Solar, Hess, Phillips 66, Golden Pass, Nickelodeon, Torch Energy, Total, Think Energy, the University of Houston, and Just Energy.

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