A Texas Tale of People Powering Progress

with Shell Deer Park and San Jacinto Museum of History

The birthplace of Texas is now an energy hub, powering progress globally. Explore its rise and impact through the lens of the people, the city, and a company that call it home, and discover your role in making the future.

Since the establishment of Shell in Deer Park in 1929, the company and the city have grown up together and have forged a special bond that continues to this day. Through the years, the people of Deer Park powered progress locally by building a strong community and creating an environment for commerce to thrive on a global scale. We are proud of our Texan heritage and proud to tell our story in collaboration with the community and the San Jacinto Museum of History.

The curriculum within this page is developed to enhance and continue the learning experience of students visiting the Big Energy exhibit at the San Jacinto Museum of History. The curriculum is divided into three sections, similar to the topics within the museum exhibit. The activities have been developed to best support students in grades 4-8 and meet the TEKs to further student understanding of the energy that powers our world and the part they play in making the future.

The Teacher Guide Tab contains background information and activities teachers may utilize in their classrooms to reinforce the concepts in the curriculum. Each activity lists the amount of time and all materials needed. The materials listed are either readily available in most science classrooms or easily purchased locally at little cost. Any printed materials for students are listed with a link to a pdf file to download. You will need Adobe Reader , a free download, to access the printed worksheets. Any and all materials may be reproduced for classroom use.

The Student Guide Tab contains the written backgrounders, and student worksheets your students will need to complete each activity.

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Plan your visit to the San Jacinto Museum
Just twenty minutes from downtown Houston, locals and out-of-towners alike can turn an afternoon daytrip into a trip back in time — at the San Jacinto Museum of History. A battleship, a battle and some of the Gulf Coast’s best birding, whether you are entertaining guests, chaperoning a fieldtrip or just spending time with your family, a visit to the museum is an experience to remember.


Shell Deer Park is a 1,500-acre complex located in Deer Park, Texas, approximately 20 miles east of downtown Houston along the Houston Ship Channel.
Deer Park Manufacturing Site


The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation's schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

Thank You to Shell Deer Park for their support
of this website and curriculum.

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