Magic Suitcase

Educate the Community about the Petroleum Industry

The mission of the Magic Suitcase Program is to enable and encourage SPE members to speak to groups of students and adults about the oil business, thereby increasing public understanding of the science and engineering involved in our industry. The Magic Suitcase was developed to be a useful tool for speakers at career days, scouting events, National Engineers Week, civic clubs, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What age group is most appropriate for the Magic Suitcase?

Many of the experiments are simplistic and highlight basic petroleum engineering concepts such as porosity, permeability, and density which is great for elementary-aged children. However, these experiments can be complimented with a more detailed explanation for junior high students, high school students, employees, etc. We also have more advanced demonstrations available (see attached information about the 'Subsurface Simulation System' and 'Porosity Model'), but these generally require more preparation time for use.

How do I check out a Magic Suitcase for my next event?
1) Find a convenient suitcase location by opening the "Magic Suitcase Location" PDF below
2) Pick up the suitcase
3) Select and review experiment and presentation material for about 30 minutes
4) Present to students, retirees, coworkers, or anyone else who likes petroleum education
5) Clean equipment
6) Return Magic Suitcase


Magic Suitcase Manual: Magic_Suitcase_Manual_29Dec2019.pdf
Magic Suitcase Junior Award Certificate: Junior_Certificate_29Dec2019.doc
Fossil Kit Notes: Fossil_Samples_Secondary_Teachers_Notes_29Dec2019.pdf, Fossils_Teacher_Notes_29Dec2019.pdf
Rock Kit Notes: Rock_Samples_Secondary_Teachers_Notes_29Dec2019.pdfRocks_Teacher_Notes_29Dec2019.pdf

To request use of a Magic Suitcase or to answer any questions regarding content/resources, please contact:

Rob Bruant: 214-908-7900,
Ashish Ghotekar: 281-245-7104,
Holly Pankratz: 817-703-6998,