Educational Outreach

Subsea Tieback Foundation Education Committee

Encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactions between working professionals and students.

STF is always on the look out for education and industry partners to help in outreach. 

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What is SEATIGER? Our Mascot and Key Outreach Tool.

The foundation, for multiple years, has sponsored a Capstone Senior Design Project at Louisiana State University. It is a two-semester program called the Subsea Exhibit Able to Integrate Grade-level Expectations with ROVs, or SEATIGER, which requires the student team to plan and engineer their idea in the fall semester and manufacture and deliver their product in the spring.


The most valuable aspect of this project was not necessarily the fact that students spent their last semester in college working with subsea engineers and otherindustry professionals to define, engineer and build their project, but the deliverables they produced. They provided the STF with a series of hands-on science class demonstrations of several of the engineering principles that we use every day in our business (i.e., buoyancy, pressure, leverage, etc.).  Also included is a trailer- mounted tank and mini-ROV that provides an opportunity for the SEATIGER students and STF volunteers to illustrate  our business and its engineering principals to the community.

The SEATIGER projects have become the mascot of the STF education and outreach programs, making appearances throughout the year.


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SEATIGER @ All-Earth Ecobot Challenge 2014

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May 17th, 2014, SEATIGER made its way to the All-Earth Ecobot challenge at the Reliant Center in Houston, TX. This event drew thousands of students and spectators, and the SEATIGER exhibit gave STF the chance to speak with our communities brightest about STEM.

EcoBot Challenge, is an innovative workforce development competition which engages young learners with useful, complex math and applied physics, showcasing the ‘real-world’ applicability and usefulness of knowledge. The Ecobot Challenge drives collegiate-level learning into the lives of our youngest learners and provides them with the opportunity to design and build workplace-relevant robots.  Official event images can be found here.


There are dozens of reasons why STF  support the Ecobot Challenge:

  • It excites kids about math, science, engineering and technology.
  • It inspires them to keep learning outside of school hours.
  • It teaches them intellectual teamwork and perseverance.
  • It introduces them to computer programming and other 21st-century job skills.
  • It builds self-confidence in intellectual pursuits.
  • It creates recognition for non-athletic achievement.
  • It shows kids that they have the power within themselves to solve real-world problems.
  • It gives students an opportunity to see the scientific method in practice.
  • It’s FUN!

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David Stolz, Ecobot Event Logistics, had this to say…

…Everyone raved about the SeaTiger and how realistic an experience it is.  I have heard teachers remark that not only do you guys set it up and help it run, but you spent the time to talk with kids and visitors about the industry, which for Ecobot is a HUGE part of what we are trying to get across by connecting young people and the careers that await them. 


SEATIGER @ Shell EcoMarathon 2014

Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events first in the Americas, then Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. –

For the past two years, SEATIGER has represented STF at the Shell EcoMarathon Americas in scenic downtown Houston. On April 26th and 27th, volunteers spoke with race participants and visitors which included students and parents from all over the Americas. They brought about friendly educational conversations as well as fun demos that included hydraulics, corrosion, and buoyancy.

The one of the highlights of this two day event came when a 10 student group of teenagers nearly overwhelmed the volunteers with their curiosity and enthusiasm.

“Who wants to be an engineer?” one of the STF volunteers shouted.

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“All of us!” They proclaimed.

Along with its normal trailer-tank duties, the SEATIGER took a dip in the Discovery Green Pond and is also now officially the first robot to recover a piece of trash from its depths!

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STF at Subsea Tieback Forum 2014

The 2014 Subsea Tieback Forum was a great success for Subsea Tieback Foundation! The booth featured the SEATIGER Exhibit, the REACH project by the LSU Capstone Project Team, and The SeaPerch ROV by Texas A&M seniors. The foundation sponsored a total of 28 college students to attend the forum to network and learn about the industry.

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LSU: ROV Manipulator Senior Design Project [REACH]

STF is working with engineering seniors at Louisiana State University to see what the students can do with two full scale ROV manipulator arms.

Final Concept: A mobile, trailer mounted robot manipulator exhibit.

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SEATIGER @ Louisiana Art & Science Museum Engineering Day

LASM LogoA total of 825 guests engaged in more than 30 different activities on Saturday March 29th, 2014 and SEATIGER was a bit hit!

Students, families, and the local area scout groups expressed their appreciation for the chance to learn more about STEM concepts in such an interactive and fun way.

This inaugural event was a partnership of LASM with the engineering colleges at LSU and Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, numerous corporations, professional engineering societies and organizations. It was presented by ExxonMobil and supported by BASF Chemical.

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SEATIGER @ HISD “When I Grow Up” Expo 2014


HISD (Houston Independent School District) invited its entire student population of 204,000 students as well as their families to attend and participate in this exciting event.

The goal of the event was to expose students to the wide variety of careers in our region that they may not typically think or know about.  This was the perfect opportunity for STF to utilize the SEATIGER exhibit! Beginning with elementary students, all the way to college bound seniors, we provided career awareness and exploration activities to students and their families.



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SEATIGER @ Houston Hispanic Forum Career Day 2014

STF and the SEATIGER ROV exhibit attended the 28th Annual Houston Hispanic Forum Career and Education Day February, 8th, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.  It was estimated that over 2000 students had the opportunity to see and learn hands on what it takes to pilot and ROV and how important science and engineering is in today’s search for Oil and Gas.

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STF and Dril-Quip Host Plant Walkthrough and Introduction to Subsea

On December 5th, 2013 Forty students and their instructors from Cy Lakes High School had a chance to learn about subsea engineering and manufacturing as well as tour industry leading facilities at the Dril-Quip Houston location.  Students had the opportunity to see first hand the machines, processes, large scale equipment and safety protection utilized to design and manufacture Dril-Quip products worldwide.

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Texas A&M University: Ocean Engineering and STF

Durring the Fall 2013 semester, student teams enrolled in OCEN 408, under the guidance of Dr. Randall and STF,  constructed and tested Seaperch ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicle) kits.  Students learned key concepts including buoyancy, drag force, and 3D modeling.  The project concluded with a friendly competition at the Texas A&M Haynes Coastal Engineering wave basin, where the students were able to compare their analysis with real world conditions.

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Morgan City, LA High School (May 2013)



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Shell Eco-marathon (April 2013)

Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events first in the Americas, then Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. STF and SEATIGER visited the crowd at theevent to educate about subsea oil and gas exploration, innovation, and outreach.


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2012 Wooden Boat Festival, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Madisonville, LA


“On behalf of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, I would like  to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for SEATIGER’s participation in Children’s Village at the 2012 Wooden Boat Festival. We realize this took cooperation among agencies and employees and required time, talent, commitment, and resources to

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make such participation possible. The STF exhibition  and support of the SEATIGER was not only educational for children and parents, but fun as well!  From my observations, your area  was always busy with groups gathering early and remaining  late in the evenings. With budget cuts and reduced funding, I know it was an added expense , but the crowds not only learned much from speaking with you your team, and  loved the SeaTiger!  I honestly believe that it opened eyes to futures that involve subsea ROV experiences. And, being here allowed the STF the opportunity to meet some of our local subsea contractors and perhaps make some lasting connections.


Though all our numbers are not in yet, the 2012 Wooden Boat Festival drew a crowd of approximately 30,000. Attendance at Children’s Village was well over 500 adults and children on each of the two days of the Festival!

We were blessed with good (though hot!) weather, and overall Children’s Village was very successful. Thank you for allowing us to showcase the SeaTiger  in connection with our educational outreach!”


Student Scholarship Recipients

The STF continues to provide scholarships and sponsorships to students in offshore engineering-based curricula that we believe will make a difference.  Each year students are sponsored to attend the annual conferences with our support. In addition, we also sponsor the annual Teacher Summit focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

2010 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Conference Sponsorship

Seven Ocean Engineering students attended the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Conference in Seattle/Bellevue, Washington.  The conference was held November 3-5, 2010 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, WA.The students participated the student design competition, job fair, selected technical presentations, and attended the social events.  There were approximately 200 students in attendance so that was another opportunity to meet students in naval architecture, marine engineering and ocean engineering from the US, Greece, and Norway

On behalf of the students and the Ocean Engineering Program at Texas A&M University, I want to thank the Subsea Tieback Foundation for supporting the students travel to the 2010 SNAME Annual Conference.  The students made some important contacts, represented Texas A&M, and had a wonderful time.  I also want to thank you for your efforts as Chair of the Subsea Tieback Foundation in supporting the Ocean Engineering students. The conference provided many activities for the students.



Teacher Recognition

Area professors and teachers are also recognized for their efforts in STEM, especially in the Subsea Oil and Gas sector. Below is Dr. Warren N. Waggenspack , Jr  receiving the ASME Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for his support for the Senior Capstone Project that started the SEATIGER legacy  at Lousiana State University.



Other Events

  • STF table and ROV Components/Subassemblies Display at Subsea Tieback Forum 2012 Technical Sessions [SSTB 2012]
  • LSU Capstone Design Presentations at LSU [May 4 2012]
  • Chevron’s LSU ASME meeting [Sept 13 2012]
  • Chevron’s LSU AIChE meeting [Sept 20 2012]
  • Sam Houston MSTC [Nov 19 2012]
  • STF Exhibit at Subsea Tieback Forum 2013 on the Exhibition Floor [Mar 4-8 2013]
  • LSU Engineering Open House [Apr 20 2013]
  • National Robotics Week at LSU [April 27th 2013]
  • LSU Capstone Design Presentations at LSU [May 3rd 2013]
  • Morgan City High School [May 4 2013]
  • Texas STEM Week at the George R. Brown Convention Center, [May 10 2013]
  • College Park High School [May 18 2013]
  • Hess Team Building [Sept 25 2013]
  • Klentzman Intermediate [Oct 29 2013]
  • HCC STEM Event [Nov 1 2013]


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