For the last fourteen years, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program has been holding teacher workshops aimed at providing information about the oil and gas industry. Now that more Ohioans are hearing about the incredible opportunities stemming from shale development, these workshops are taking off!
Not only can teachers bring information back to their classroom and earn their continuing education units, but they can also receive Ashland University graduate credit for their participation. Teachers are even given resources such as lesson plans, classroom supplies, and many other educational materials.
The two-day workshop started with OOGEEP Director Rhonda Reda and several guest speakers leading information sessions on topics starting with geological formations, going through the entire development process, and the products we use every day that come from oil and gas. That night, attendees had the opportunity to network with other educators and industry representatives on a riverboat reception on the Ohio River.
The second day, the enthusiastic group of teachers boarded a bus and headed out on a field trip. The outing included four stops aimed at highlighting the various steps of oil and gas development.
obviously the teacher workshops have not had any effect on the students, cause they all still believe that the solution to the worlds energy woes is in solar panels and windmills.