Alyssa Reynolds, a teacher at Elmwood Middle School, was among teachers from 43 Ohio counties heading back to their classrooms with an insider’s look into Ohio’s natural gas and oil industry.
Equipped with a curriculum, classroom supplies, science labs and experiments and materials kits, teachers who attended the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program’s STEM and Geology Teacher Workshops get prepared to bring energy education to their students.
Reynolds participated in the geology workshop held in New Philadelphia.
The program holds teacher workshops throughout the year to help foster energy education by connecting STEM and geology education and the energy industry. The curricula for both workshops was designed by teachers, for teachers, to be integrated directly into Ohio’s educational standards.
Teachers spend a full day in the classroom learning from industry professionals and award-winning educators alike before heading out on a unique, industry-related field trip to see Ohio’s energy development in action.
“Ohio’s teachers are the building blocks of our future and Ohio’s natural gas and oil industry workers are the building blocks of America’s energy independence,” Executive Director Rhonda Reda said. “Our industry has increased from 14,000 employees to more than 200,000 in less than 10 years. With an impactful industry employing that many of Ohio’s graduates, we want teachers to be equipped with accurate information, that way they can educate students on the importance of the industry and prepare them for one of the 80 different careers available to them within it.”
The workshops are free to Ohio teachers or their school districts.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program.