Clements HS students benefit from $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded by Schlumberger

Pictured at the grant presentation are (front row, kneeling from left): students Alexander Aitken, Annie Chang, Ivy Moore, Xinhe Ren, Zal Darogo, Michael Fink, Michael Li; (second row) student Raymond Chee, Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools; Andy Ralph, FBEF President; David Yaffie, CHS Principal; Lubna Lorena, Computer Science teacher and Computer Science Club sponsor; Paula Harris, Director of Community Affairs for Schlumberger; Rod Nelson, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Schlumberger; and (back row) Brenna Smelley, FBEF Executive Director; Dr. Phillys Hill, FBISD Associate Superintendent; Molly Perkins, CHS Assistant Principal; and Joshua Fugel, math teacher and Computer Science Club assistant.

Computer Science students at Clements High School are exploring the field of engineering by taking part in a pilot program made possible through a $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded generously by Schlumberger.

The pilot program will provide educational programs to assist students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs. Included in the agreement are 25 Licenses for Petrel Software, which supports the study of petroleum, earth science and technology, as well as 25 Licenses for Ocean Kit Software that are geared toward science, technology and engineering. Schlumberger will also provide a new computer lab equipped with 25 computers.

Participating in the program this year are Clements students enrolled in Computer Science III classes, led by teacher Lubna Lorena. The students will benefit from working with a college-level intern and engineers throughout the school year.

“We are extremely grateful to Schlumberger for their support of our Computer Science program,” said Lorena. “I am delighted at the thought of the opportunities that our students will have the doors which will be opened for them and the learning that will take place. For me personally, this program represents the realization of a dream. I have the means to enhance my instruction and the resources that will allow the Computer Science program to strengthen and grow.”

“It is definitely our goal to introduce concepts and partnerships that will encourage students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and continue on to STEM majors and careers,” said Paula Harris, Schlumberger’s Director of Community Affairs.

“I would like to thank our business partner, Schlumberger, for their outstanding and continued support for the teachers, students and schools in Fort Bend ISD,” said Brenna Smelley, Executive Director of the Fort Bend Education Foundation.

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