MARIETTA — Two Meigs County teachers recently attended the 2014 Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Teacher Workshop at Marietta College, where teachers participated in hands-on education sessions and received resource materials to promote energy education in their schools.
Patricia Cook, of Southern Local Schools, and Carol Mahr, of Meigs Intermediate School, participated in the free two-day workshop, which provided them with classroom supplies and lesson plans about energy production and implementation in southeastern Ohio.
“OOGEEP’s summer oil and gas workshop was very informative,” Cook said. “It covered the discovery, drilling transporting, processing and refining of petroleum from Utica shale here in southeastern Ohio.”
During the workshop, teachers engaged in six learning stations that included hands-on experiments, background information, industry guest speakers, graphic organizer ideas and career connections.
Additionally, the second day of the workshop featured a tour of oil and gas sites, including Ken Miller Supply’s pipe yard, Ergon’s Crude Oil Terminal, Triad Hunter LLC’s horizontal drilling location, and one of PDC Energy Inc.’s oil and gas wells that were horizontally drilled in 2013.
The purpose of the OOGEEP teacher workshop is to arm teachers with tools to implement energy education in schools that is applicable in the real world.
“Our well-rounded Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based-curriculum provides teachers with educational content and materials necessary to prepare lesson plans that are applicable to the real world,” said Rhonda Reda, executive director of OOGEEP. “Due the significant increase in the production of gas and oil taking place in Ohio, there is a growing demand for STEM-based occupations. Some of these positions go unfilled because companies are having a hard time finding qualified workers. These teacher workshops are also designed to get students engaged in STEM and consider careers in the oil and gas industry.”
OOGEEP is a nonprofit statewide education and public outreach program dedicated to raising public awareness about the local oil and gas industry in Ohio.
“Since this program was started in 1998, OOGEEP has worked hard to provide relevant curriculum that supports what teachers are doing in the classroom and meet state and national science standards,” said Sarah Tipka, OOGEEP education committee chair. “Teachers compliment us on our ability to present content that is based on science and that our perspective on energy issues is well balanced and factual.”
For more information about OOGEEP and its teacher workshops, visit oogeep.org.