Celebrating their 20th year, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) remains committed to its mission of developing and implementing a wide variety of education materials and hosting workshops in schools and public outreach programs to improve the public’s understanding of Ohio’s gas and oil industry.
Thanks to OOGEEP, nearly 2,800 middle and high school science and geology teachers from all over Ohio continued their education this summer to learn more about the science and technology of exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. OOGEEP’s curriculum, titled STEM Lessons in Oil and Gas Energy Education, demonstrates how STEM can be used to learn about geology, engineering and chemistry, among other areas. The curriculum illustrates Ohio’s Physical Science and Geology Science Standards and is adaptable to grades K-12.
“There has been a common misconception that teachers ’have the summer off’,” said Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director. “I can tell you that each summer for the past 20 years, I have had a waiting list of teachers wanting to spend their summer days in the classroom to continue their professional development. This shows dedication to their students, their school districts, and their profession.”
Representing more than 1,500 schools from all 88 counties in the state, teachers attended either a STEM or geology focused workshop – helping to foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. The workshops provided teachers with multiple hands-on learning stations, and the opportunity to share best practices on how they educate their students.
Through the generosity of Ohio’s oil and gas producers, there is no cost for teachers to attend. In addition, all attendees received a wide variety of free resource materials, classroom supplies, lesson plans, posters, maps, science standards, benchmark connections, internet resources and activities. Geology teachers also received geology curriculum, geological maps, digital resources, rock and mineral kits and other classroom supplies.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the State of Ohio. These programs primarily focus on teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, industry training, career and workforce development, research and guest speaker programs.
To learn more about the workshops and other available resources, teachers can visit http://www.oogeep.org/teacher-students/ or call OOGEEP at (740) 587-0410.