Shell Oil Company to provide $25,000 to Sci-Port for outreach programs to Title I schools
Published Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:00 am
by Karen Wissing

On Wednesday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m., Shell Oil Company will present Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center with $25,000 at Provencal School in Robeline, Louisiana.  The funds will allow Sci-Port to provide outreach programs to Title I schools within the Sabine, DeSoto, Natchitoches and Red River parishes.  

After the state wide budget cuts were made, Shell wanted to provide the support Sci-Port needed for the regions where the company's employees and families reside.

"Shell is committed to the Louisiana communities where we live and operate. We are very excited about our educational outreach collaboration with Sci-Port, where students have the unique opportunity to participate in hands-on activities to explore the wonders of mathematics, science and technology," said James Blanton, Operations Manager Haynesville Shale for Shell Exploration & Production Company. "It is so important to foster curiosity in students at an early age, and this program provides Shell a forum to actively engage in developing the technical workforce critical to our company, our industry and the greater Shreveport community where we can all work together to help build a responsible energy future."

"Sci-Port is truly fortunate for the gracious donation Shell has provided," said Ann Fumarolo, Sci-Port's President/CEO.  "By providing these funds, which were unavailable once state funding was eliminated, Sci-Port will be able to continue bringing informal, hands-on STEM education through our outreach program to these communities once again.  We are proud of this partnership and excited to see what becomes of it."

Last month, Sci-Port and Shell partnered to host the Encana Natural Gas & Shell Oil Energy Camp Reunion at Sci-Port.  Over 60 high school sophomores attended Energy Camp Louisiana last summer during one of the four camps funded by a grant Sci-Port received from Encana Natural Gas and Shell Oil Company. This year's reunion focused on energy conservation and allowed for all attendees of Energy Camp Louisiana to join together once again.  

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 100,000 people and operating in more than 100 countries and territories.

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Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX Dome Theatre, gift shop and cafe.  Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront.  From September through February, Sci-Port's hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.  From March through August, Sci-Port is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.  For information regarding hours, IMAX showings or special programs, call (318) 424-3466, toll free at (877) 724-7678 or visit




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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101


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