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Teachers Energized to Go Back To School

Published: October 3, 2016 12:36 PM
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Teachers of multiple grade levels, all across Ohio, will walk into classrooms this fall ready to share with their students exciting new information, labs and educational materials they received by attending specialized energy education workshops this summer.  More than 70 dedicated Ohio teachers took part in the sessions hosted by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP).

Now in their 18th year, OOGEEP teacher workshops continue to provide educators with a better understanding of how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles are used by energy professionals every day. OOGEEP’s science curriculum, STEM Lessons in Oil and Gas Energy Education, was designed by teachers to meet specific state and national science standards. During the workshops, professional educators walk teachers through the curriculum and assist in the various hands-on science labs. Industry professionals also offer insight into how science and industry are intimately connected. This year, the summer workshop series were held in Marietta and Canton, and also included tours to a wide variety of facilities in the state.

“OOGEEP strongly supports education by providing instruction and supplying materials for our students to use in order to learn this curriculum,” said Twinsburg 7th grade teacher Michelle Lowden. “I believe this was the most planned, prepared, effective and useful two-day workshop I have ever attended.”

“This workshop was a priceless experience for me and ultimately my students,” said New Lexington 8th grade teacher Cortney Folk. “OOGEEP furthered my own education and filled my summer with excitement thinking about the endless possibilities available in science.”

Stephanie (Hope) Bradshaw, a teacher at Meadowbrook Middle School, said, “This workshop was very informative and eye-opening, especially the impact of the oil and gas industry to Guernsey County and the entire state.”

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Jana Neptune, a teacher at Cambridge Middle School, said, “OOGEEP’s workshop is very informative and really opens your eyes to this industry. I already know how I will implement some of the activities in my classroom.”

Brenda Pontius, who teaches at both Buckeye Trail Middle School and High School, said, “OOGEEP provides teachers with hands-on training about the entire oil and gas process from formation of hydrocarbons to the petrochemicals and products used by our students every day.”

“It’s essential for Ohio’s teachers and students to learn about the importance of energy production, and how it impacts every resident in this state,” stated Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director. “As an important industry to Ohio, it is also our responsibility to make sure that we continue to support teachers and students in our communities, and to help demonstrate how science education is critical to developing local energy resources.”

OOGEEP’s STEM Lessons in Oil and Gas Energy Education includes curriculum related to geology, engineering and chemistry, among other areas. It includes experiments that: demonstrate how biotic material is transformed into hydrocarbons; explain the principles of geologic time and how crude oil and gas are stored and move through rock formations; help students understand how scientists map geologic formations underground using sound waves; demonstrate the importance of engineering and math in drilling, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas; and how chemistry is critical to refining and processing hydrocarbons into more than 6,000 familiar products such as plastics, soaps, medicines, synthetic fibers and rubber.

Through financial support from Ohio’s oil and gas producers, there is no cost for teachers to attend the energy education workshops. Educators earn continuing education credits, optional graduate credit, and receive graphic organizers, internet activities, career connections, curriculums, classroom supplies and material kits to take back to their classroom and students. Information about OOGEEP’s teacher workshops and other resources available for educators and students can be found online at oogeep.org/teachers-students.

About the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, The Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a nonprofit statewide education and public outreach organization. OOGEEP is funded by Ohio’s oil and gas operators through an assessment on the production of all oil and gas produced in the state. The primary mission of OOGEEP is to develop and implement educational materials and workshops.  Some of these programs include teacher workshops, scholarships, science fairs, firefighter training, industry safety training, career and workforce development, research, landowner education and guest speaker programs. OOGEEP has developed nationally recognized curriculum and training programs, and has received numerous national and state awards from a variety of sources. For more information, visit www.oogeep.org.


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