2023 Science Teacher Workshop

DATE TIME: Monday & Tuesday, June 5-6, 2023 | LOCATION: Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV

ABOUT
The goal of the workshop is to help foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. During the workshop, each teacher will receive resource materials, lesson plans, Internet links and activities, plus a few other special surprises! Seven learning stations will include hands-on experiments, background information, industry guest speakers, graphic organizer ideas, Internet activities and career connections. The free teacher workshop includes: overnight accommodations, meals, curriculum, “hands-on” sessions, evening social gathering and much more!

LOCATION
Monday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 6, 2023: Teachers will check into the Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301 after 4:00 p.m. on Monday. The free teacher workshop includes: overnight accommodations, meals, curriculum, “hands-on” sessions, evening social gathering, and much more!

REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY
The workshops are limited to the first 40 registrants (sorry, no home school educators at this time). Each registrant will receive a confirmation letter or email. In the event you must cancel your registration, please let us know at least 14 days PRIOR to the workshop so that GO-WV can promptly fill your position with someone on the wait list.

WORKSHOP CEU CREDITS
Teachers will be eligible for approved credits for this workshop, but should check with their county for more information.

TOPICS:

Special industry guest speakers, experiments and Internet activities conducted throughout the day.

  • Formation: Are fossil fuels renewable or non-renewable? Experiments show how the earth “cooked” (heat and pressure) ancient plant and animal life to create fossil fuels. Create infographics about geologic time and the rock cycle.
  • Migrating & Trapping: Is crude oil and natural gas found in large lakes underneath the earth’s surface? Experiments show how crude oil and natural gas are trapped in porous rocks. Create 2D and 3D rock models to demonstrate porosity and permeability.
  • Exploration: How do we find these valuable fossil fuels? Use contour mapping to look below the earth’s surface and “see” rock formations. Create models and calibrate measurements using blank grids.
  • Drilling & Well Stimulation: How do we recover crude oil and natural gas? Use engineering design to create two models: a weight-bearing derrick and a working oil well applying principles related to porosity, permeability and flow of fluids to the surface.
  • Producing: What happens to crude oil and natural gas once it is produced? How is it transported? Create a model pipeline and pipeline “pig” and apply principles of force, motion, velocity and engineering design.
  • Refining: How are crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) transformed into useful products? Use the chemistry distillation procedure to demonstrate the refining process. Follow lab safety procedures, collect data and understand the industry applications.
  • Petrochemicals & Products: What other products besides transportation fuels are made from crude oil and natural gas? Explore a few of the 6,000 petroleum-based products. Design and implement a materials test for different petrochemical-based fabrics.
  • Sustainability: What performance measures can be used to consider industry impacts to climate change, the environment, health and safety? Consider new technologies and ways to measure impacts to compare and contrast different energy sources.

This is a tremendous opportunity for your company to sponsor this GO-WV event, support the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy, connect your company to the education process and encourage young people to explore careers in the STEM field and the oil and natural gas industry.  Sponsorships start at $500 and end with the $10,000 premier sponsorship.  You will be recognized on signage at all events, in online marketing and the July issue of GO-WV News.  More information will be forthcoming, or you can call Lori Miller Smith at 304.344.9867.