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OOGEEP SCIENCE TEACHER WORKSHOP: STEM Lessons in Oil and Gas Energy Education

  • June 21, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • Lafayette Hotel 101 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750

STEM Lessons in Oil and Gas Energy Education Teacher Workshop 

The goal of the workshop is to help foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. Each teacher will receive resource materials, classroom supplies, lesson plans, poster, maps, documentation for CEU CREDITS, Science Standards, Benchmark Connections, Internet Links and activities, optional Ashland University Graduate Credit, plus other special surprises! The workshop's second day will include a field trip to various oil and gas related sites in the area.


8:00 AM - Registration / Continental Breakfast 

8:30 AM - Workshop Begins  Special industry guest speakers, experiments and internet activities conducted throughout the day. 

  • Formation: Are fossil fuels renewable or non-renewable? Experiments show how the earth “cooked” (heat and pressure) ancient plant and animal life to create fossil fuels. Create info graphics about geologic time and the rock cycle. 
  • Migrating & Trapping: Is crude oil and natural gas found in large lakes underneath the earth’s surface? Experiments show how crude oil and natural gas are trapped in porous rocks. Create 2D and 3D rock models to demonstrate porosity and permeability. 
  • Exploration: How do we find these valuable fossil fuels? Use contour mapping to look below the earth’s surface and “see” rock formations. Create models and calibrate measurements using blank grids. 
  • Drilling & Well Stimulation: How do we recover crude oil and natural gas? Use engineering design to create two models: a weight-bearing derrick and a working oil well applying principles related to porosity, permeability and flow of fluids to the surface. 
  • Producing: What happens to crude oil and natural gas once it is produced? How is it transported? Create a model pipeline and pipeline “pig” and apply principles of force, motion, velocity and engineering design. 
  • Refining: How are crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) transformed into useful products? Use the chemistry distillation procedure to demonstrate the refining process. Follow lab safety procedures, collect data and understand the industry applications. 
  • Petrochemicals & Products: What other products besides transportation fuels are made from crude oil and natural gas? Explore a few of the 6,000 petroleum-based products. Design and implement a materials test for different petrochemical-based fabrics. 

4:30 PM - Adjourn 

6:00 PM - Dinner Cruise on board Valley Gem Sternwheeler (Optional)


8:30 AM - Field Trip Overview and Additional Resources 

10:00 AM - Oilfield Tour 

Transportation and lunch will be provided. 

IMPORTANT! Hard hats will be provided for all teachers. Please wear sturdy boots or shoes-- absolutely NO open-toe shoes, sandals or flip-flops will be permitted. 

4:30 PM - Adjourn 

ATTENTION: All teachers MUST attend the Teacher Workshop prior to attending the social gathering or field trip. Certificates will be presented at the conclusion of the events.

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Registration does not guarantee workshop attendance. Once you register, you will receive an email confirming your attendance or placement on our wait list. We strive to include all interested parties, however, our workshops fill up quickly. Thank you again for your interest.

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