Author: jhook; Published: Jun 12, 2014; Category: Classroom materials, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Education, Energy sources, Professional Development, Science, STEM; Tags: None; Comments: Be the first
This summer take a minute to check out some energy science professional development or student programs in your area! Museums, science centers and professional organizations are all offering courses or experience opportunities throughout the summer months. The bonus for teachers is many of them will allow you to credit the hours back to your school or district requirements. Energy4me donates Oil and Natural Gas books and other materials for teachers to take home from many of these types of programs.
Energy4me staff is taking some time to attend some on our own this summer, we’ll be sure to share in future posts. We’ve put together a list of a few that we’re aware of, feel free to share others in the comments!
The Science of Racing Workshop
The NEED Project sponsored by Shell
Hands-on materials and activities to take back to the classroom will highlight the fuels of auto racing, polymers in auto racing, and the science of motors and generators. The training will begin with a workshop and continue with interactive exhibits and an opportunity to view qualifying races at Reliant Park that afternoon.
June 27, Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, TX, USA
Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers (SIET)
Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers is a three day interactive professional learning workshop for primary and junior teachers. The program shares innovative teaching strategies for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons.
July 22-24, Ottawa, ON, Canada
OOGEEP Science Teacher Workshop
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
The goal of the workshop is to help foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. The six learning stations include hands-on experiments, background information, industry guest speakers, graphic organizer ideas and career connections.
June 18-19, Marietta, OH, and July July 30-31, Massillon, OH, USA
Exploring History Summer Camp
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
For students! Activities will include science experiments, field trips and art class. Children will be learning all about energy conservation, renewable and nonrenewable resources, where energy comes from, and an in-depth look at petroleum and offshore drilling. Ages 7-11.
July 7-August 8, College Station, TX, USA
The 2014 Offshore Technology Conference hosted the largest Energy Education Institute ever this year, attending over 150 teachers and 200 students! With help from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) , we were able to get everyone involved to learn more about the oil and gas industry, the future of energy, and the careers available.
Students started their day with activities that relate to energy, oil and gas exploration, and production. They performed experiments about density, core sampling, and horizontal well drilling, to name a few. Next industry professionals took them on the exhibition floor on an energy scavenger hunt. Here they saw the latest technology being used in the industry; spoke to industry professionals, and learned about different careers that are critical to our nation’s energy production.
Teachers came to OTC eager to learn about the industry and what they can do to prepare their students for jobs in the future.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the teachers began their day listening to an exciting keynote presentation given by Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen. Helge talked about the critical role the four “E’s” will play in the global energy demand and supply; Energy, Economics, Environment, and the pillar of all the energy “E’s”, Education. They too were able to tour the exhibition floor and learned how to incorporate hands on energy lessons into their classrooms.
Check out the video from this year’s exciting workshop here, and if you missed out on attending, look for registration to open for 2015 in January. Did you attend this year? Let us know what your favorite part of the workshop was by leaving a comment or visit us on Facebook or Twitter!
Earlier this spring, the Lagos section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers trained local teachers on Energy4me curriculum who then taught energy programs at their schools. Hear about their experience below, and see the energy education happening in the photos!
In a move first of its kind in Nigeria, the Society of Petroleum Engineers has collaborated with the Lagos Power Kids Program to bring Energy4me to 50 secondary schools in Lagos state. The Lagos Power Kids Program is an initiative of the Lagos state government as part of the power sector development plan to help improve energy efficiency and conservation practice among its citizens. The Power kids program is an interactive, extra-curricular club activity specifically aimed at students of the junior secondary school sector and currently runs as a reward for the top schools which won the Governor’s award for Public schools. One thousand students participated in the program.
SPE prepared the oil and gas module and distributed the Energy4me packs and posters for the students and lecturers. On March 4th 2014, SPE Lagos section held a teach the trainers workshop where the 50 teachers and 10 supervisors were taken through the module and the experiment. The Lagos section volunteers had an interactive session with the teachers answering various questions posed by them. The pictures below complete the story.
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Energy4me is excited to be teaming up with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) at this year’s National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference April 3rd-5th. We will be there distributing our Where is Petroleum poster, as well as signing teachers up to receive a free copy of our book, Oil and Natural Gas. If you are heading to Boston, MA for the conference, be sure to stop by and see us! Also, don’t miss the workshop being held by NEED, Fun with Energy Sources: Exciting Student-led Energy Source Activities, as well as over 40 other sessions with energy as the topic.
Check out the list of sessions here!
Join us in celebrating Engineers Week! This year’s theme is Discover Engineering – Let’s Make a Difference. There is a wealth of resources for teachers, students, and volunteers to celebrate the event, and we have picked some of our favorites!
For Teachers: The Discover E website is full of activities and videos to use in your classroom. Design, aerospace, computer science, environmental and energy engineering are all types of projects included in the list. Here is engineering principles with Slinky Science, electrical circuits with the Power of Graphene, and chemical reactions with Catalysis: Change for the Better. The full list is HERE!
For Students: Check out the Career Outlook on engineering; the average salary for engineers in 2011 was $99,738, and the field of engineering is expected to grow by 10 percent in the next ten years! Engineering Careers explores the many industries looking for new graduates. Remember, Energy4me has a full list of petroleum engineering schools and programs HERE!
Girl Day: Formerly known as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Girl Day celebrates the importance of girls in engineering. Great role models and mentors are shaping future engineers during events on February 20. Find an Idea Starter to get involved.
Engineering Challenges: Always a quick activity to encourage teamwork and creativity, while fostering the love of science in kids! One of the 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Fellows, James Town, posted some classroom challenges that are cheap, easy, and great for Engineers Week. Find his full post HERE, but we’re sharing what he says about his best design ideas:
Best Helicopter Challenge:
Materials: Paper, Scissors, Paper clips, Stopwatch (optional)
Students cut out their Bunny Copter and go through the design process to improve it. I usually host the Eweek events at lunch so there is a natural design cut off. Then drop the copters head-to-head (or keep a running total of best times) to determine the winner. I make copies of the Bunny Copter Challenge from PBS Kids.
Best Boat Challenge:
Materials: 1’x1’ squares of aluminum; Something small, but kind of heavy that you can get a lot of (like dice or pennies); Buckets of water
Students craft a boat out of the aluminum foil (and only the aluminum foil) and try to keep the maximum amount of pennies afloat with their boat. Each trial they redesign and make it better. (Idea from Jefferson Labs)
Best Airplane Challenge:
Students make paper airplanes and try to make one that goes the furthest.
Best Jet Car Challenge:
Materials: Toy cars (e.g. Matchbox cars), Balloons, Straws, Tape, Paper clips
Admittedly, this one has the highest initial cost, but it also is the coolest. Students need to make the car go as far as possible passed the starting line. I always emphasize they cannot interact with it in any way once it passes the starting line. For extra engagement, the winner can keep their car. I originally got the idea from the e-week website run by American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
We’d want to hear your plans for Engineers Week! Share with us in the comments or visit us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/Energy4me. You can also connect with us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Energy4me!