The Ada News
What do gummy fish sandwiches, rocks, jump ropes, dirt and cherry cola have in common? They’re just a few of the fun and exciting supplies Ada City Schools teachers Glenda Wesk and Abby Phillips used to learn about energy at a recent education workshop.
Hosted by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, these workshops help teachers educate their students about the oil and natural gas industry. The best part for teachers – these workshops are free of charge. They even go home with a free box of supplies, a teacher’s guide and a stipend for attending.
“The OERB curricula provides great adaptability to the needs of speacial needs students,” said Phillips. “The activities, curriculum and materials are all pertinent to our goals and objectives.”
The OERB is in its 15th year of offering these free workshops. The workshops offer educators the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the petroleum industry and receive training to teach OERB’s hands-on curricula in their classrooms. Curricula are designed to reach students at all ages and grade levels. OERB provides the Little Bits program for early childhood education, Fossils to Fuel and Fossils to Fuel 2 program for elementary students, a Petro Active program for middle school students and CORE Energy, a novel energy education curriculum for high school students.
“The experiments are good hands-on experiences for the students,” said West. “The workshop is a great resource.”