MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A mobile oilfield learning unit will be visiting Midland elementary schools this week. This is an engaging traveling exhibit from the Oilfield Energy Center that is based out of Houston, Texas. The learning unit features six different stations that allow students to participate in hands on activities.
Each station had a self-contained curriculum about energy, the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry.
“Lots of these kids’ parents work in the oilfield. Lot of them work out on the rig. We just want to make sure they know there’s another possibility of doing something besides working on the rig. They might be that guy, the engineer, that comes in and says, ‘drill at this spot’ or ‘drill at that spot,'” says Steven Vance, a representative from the Oilfield Energy Center.
The curriculum for each of the twenty-four activities corresponds with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for students fifth through eighth grade. The exhibit is set up in school gymnasiums or common areas. Throughout the day, the exhibit will have four different sessions, which can entertain forty-eight students and last an hour and a half long. Students will also receive a “MOLU Pass” which contain questions that correlate to the twenty-four activities at all six stations for students to answer.
The MOLU program will be taken to 5 schools in Midland ISD: January 13 – General Franks Elementary, January 14 – Carver Center, January 15 – Henderson Elementary, January 16 – Yarbrough Elementary, January 17 – Bunche Elementary.