Did you know that hydraulic fracturing has been around since the 1940’s? Lately we have been receiving a lot of questions about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” so we thought it would be a great time to pass along some reliable resources and fast facts you can use in your classroom.
Presented by the Society of Petroleum Engineers is a brand new resource called Hydraulic Fracturing. Here you can find the facts behind the process that is helping to unlock oil and natural gas that is trapped within small spaces in the rocks below our feet (way below our feet, between 3,000 and 6,000 feet down!). You can also check out the media center for recent articles and videos about hydraulic fracturing.
Other great resources we have come across include the U.S Department of Energy’s free graphic poster that you can request hard copies of to display in your classroom and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) unit called Exploring Oil and Gas. This unit is free to download and full of wonderful lessons; all correlated to the National Science Education Standards.
So get informed and get ready to explore how the industry
has innovated one of the ways they will uncover our future energy source.
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This school year is well underway and we’re getting close to the holidays when kids tend to lose their focus. Grab their attention back with some awesome hands on STEM activities. Need a few ideas? Check out this great site from the people at PBS, Design Squad Nation. This resource is full of different engineering challenges, animations, videos, and episodes of kids taking on real-world engineering challenges.
A classroom favorite, Zip Line, gets your students thinking about friction, center of gravity, and much more while they design a contraption that will carry a ping pong ball down a zip line. Need help explaining center of gravity? Check out the short animation they have to help give the kids a visual!
Most activities come with lesson plans and handouts in English and Spanish, as well as materials list to make planning that much easier. Give it a try and join the conversation on Facebook to let us know how it went in your classroom!
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The Energy4me team has had a very busy fall. October Energy4me workshops have taken our team to New Orleans, LA and Kuwait City, Kuwait!
Our first stop was at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. There we held two successful Energy4me workshops, one with a great bunch of teachers, and another with over 125 amazing students.
Teachers started out their morning with a keynote speaker, Mr. Ron Hinn, who gave a great presentation about energy challenges and opportunities. They then had a guided tour of the exhibition floor, making important links between their classrooms and the industry. Their day ended by rolling up their sleeves and getting hands on with activities they can bring back to their classrooms and share with their students.
Students also dove right into energy education with a variety of topics to explore such as density, core sampling, and porosity. They too headed to the exhibition floor to learn all about the career opportunities that are available to them in the oil and gas industry. Our survey results said that 75% of students replied yes, definitely, the workshop encouraged me to learn more about careers in the industry.
Several thousand miles away, the Energy4me team continued their fall teacher training in Kuwait City as part of the Kuwait Oil and Gas Show and Conference. Sponsored by Petroleum Development Oman, local teachers joined us for energy explorations; many of them had never seen such great hands-on experiments! The following day, almost 300 high school boys and girls came to listen to inspiring career speakers and explore all things energy. The opportunities for futures in the industry are limitless, and these kids were excited to hear more about them!
Future teacher workshops this fall include Dubai at the Intelligent Energy International conference, Calgary at the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference, and Brisbane at the Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition! Visit our Teacher Workshop page for more information.
Join the American Geosciences Institute as they celebrate Earth Science Week. This year’s theme is “Mapping Our World” and explores the many uses of maps in the scientific world, including the energy industry.
Teachers can find curriculum resources, professional development opportunities, and a wealth of earth science activities correlated to the US National Science Education Standards. Students can also explore activities and earth science contests to bring together science and the arts.
Follow the “Mapping Our World” activity calendar with a new geoscience activity every month! Download your own calendar HERE, or order the Earth Science Week Toolkit for an assortment of resources HERE!
The Energy4me team recently visited Aberdeen as part of the Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition and invited primary and secondary teachers from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to a day of energy education. Groups of teachers spent the morning on the exhibition floor as companies allowed them to explore the technologies on display and ask questions about careers in the industry. Many links to industry contacts were made for future classroom visits – teachers were excited to share the opportunities with their students!
Energy4me hands-on science lessons were adapted for the Scotland Curriculum for Excellence by Aberdeen City Council and Satrosphere Science Centre. These lessons were presented to teachers, and they spent the afternoon exploring the activities to bring back to their own classrooms. Teachers were able to model drilling for oil, take core samples of layers of organic material, and engage in other methods of teaching the process of oil and gas exploration and production.
Teachers were eager to take the lessons back to their students, and hopefully encourage some young minds to discover the possibilities of a future career in energy!