Core Element Presents Fourth-Annual “Strike for STEM” Fundraiser Sponsored by Schlumberger

NEW ORLEANS – Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide, will sponsor the annual “Strike for STEM” fundraiser Sat., Nov. 1, to benefit Core Element, a nonprofit organization promoting quality teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) within six parishes in the Greater New Orleans area.

         Core Element’s “Strike for STEM” is a disco-themed team bowling competition taking place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mid-City Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrolton Ave. Tickets are $50 and are available at

         Featuring music by The Wiseguys and a performance by New Orleans dance troupe The Disco Amigos, “Strike for STEM” will offer food and beverages, bowling and entertainment. Eighteen teams will compete to win the 2014 “Strike for STEM” bowling trophy, and a “Strike for STEM” raffle will provide the winners with one of three prizes, including Disney hopper passes.

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         Core Element is part of the GNO STEM Initiative and provides essential professional development training for K-12 science and math teachers; education curricula that encourage hands-on learning experiences in the classroom; and support for out-of classroom enrichment activities such as science fairs and robotics competitions.

         Core Element operates as a regional collaborative between K-12, higher education, economic development, and business and industry institutions that are committed to improving the caliber of math and science education in area schools.

         Schlumberger sponsors “Strike for STEM” and supports additional Core Element efforts throughout the year, including the organization’s first Core Element Summer STEM Camp, which offered students and teachers a week of hands-on STEM learning and team-building activities designed to develop critical reasoning and analytic thinking skills necessary for high-demand careers of the 21st century.

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          “Schlumberger is excited to champion Core Element’s fundraiser ‘Strike for STEM’ and to support its innovative programs to provide interactive professional development opportunities for teachers that enhance the education of children in the region,” said Charlie Vise, Corporate Accounts Director for Schlumberger.

         The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry projects Louisiana will gain 69,000 STEM-related jobs between now and 2018, while nationally, children in the United States are falling further behind their international peers in every STEM subject area.

          “We feel fortunate to have sponsors and individuals who understand the importance of STEM education on the future of our youth and region and are excited to have so many supporters of this year’s ‘Strike for STEM,’” said Jan Brenan, Executive Director of Core Element.

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         Board President David Huete added, “Core Element supports the philosophy that the most effective classroom teaching is student-centered. Core Element’s focus is to provide teachers with the tools and training to create interactive, discovery-based education for students to stimulate their interest in the applications of science, technology and math and provide a STEM-focused career pathway for the innovations of the future.”

         “Strike for STEM” sponsors include Amy and Nick Altiero, Ankor Energy, CH2M HILL, First NBC, LLOG Exploration, OCS BBS, Progressive Waste, American Petroleum Institute, International Electronics and Electrical Engineers New Orleans, Laitram LLC, Lockheed Martin, Norma Jean and Rick Mattei, and Society of Petroleum Engineers – Delta Section.

         Additional sponsors include Altus, Andrea Walker, Boh Brothers Construction, Women’s Energy Network Southeast Louisiana, Braemar Casbarian, Council of Petroleum Accountants Society New Orleans, Southeast Geophysical Society and Barker Honda.

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