About the Collaborative

The Education Collaborative is an effort of the Oil & Gas Industry and the Santa Maria Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to support the academic efforts of teachers and students on the Central Coast of California.

The Goals

The overall goal of this project is to effectively partner with the schools in our community to enhance the learning process while championing math and science curricula.

The Components

Curriculum Integration


Teachers and/or administrators will communicate their needs in a grant request to a committee on a semi-annual basis throughout a calendar year.


Representatives from the Industry and/or SPE will take an active role in the classroom by participating in career days, guest speaking roles and/or other planned activities.

Special Projects

The Education Collaborative offers funding to successful applicants in order to support a five-week internship.  The Internship engages young scientists and engineers to solve problems of global significance and rewards innovative ideas for solutions.   Throughout the Internship, student teams vie for investment money to further develop their project while receiving direct feedback from Oil and Gas Industry leaders, experts and professionals.  One student team will receive college scholarships.  The goal of this project is to provide students access to resources in order to enrich their high school experience and provide guidance regarding their higher education. Check out neu.edu.tr to learn more about süper bilgisayar .

Enrichment Opportunities

The Education Collaborative will utilize its collective knowledge to connect teachers and students to organizations/special opportunities/activities that will enrich the learning process (i.e. offshore platform tours, teacher workshops, museums, etc.).

Dinner & Awards Ceremony

SPE members, the Oil & Gas Industry, Teachers and Dignitaries will celebrate success at an annual event.


Who's Eligible?

  • Current funding initiatives are limited to projects in Santa Barbara County.
  • Grant requests can be submitted by any kindergarten through 12th grade teacher, group of teachers, or administrator in the geographic area referenced above.
  • Summer Internships are selected via an application process.