Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 4:30 PM EDT

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Schoenbrunn Conference Center 
143 McDonald Drive NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Catherine Watkins 
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program 

Geology Teacher Workshop 

Designed specifically for middle school and high school geology and earth science teachers, this workshop will connect Ohio’s Physical Geology Standards to hands-on lessons related to the crude oil and natural gas industry. Participating teachers will receive lesson plans, geological maps, digital resources, rock and mineral kits and other classroom supplies. This free teacher workshop includes: overnight accommodations, meals, curriculum, classroom supplies, material kits, “hands-on” sessions, evening social gathering, a special field trip, CEU credit documentation and optional Ashland University graduate credits, plus much more! Register early - this workshop is limited to 40 people!

DAY 1 - TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

8:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - Workshop Begins
Guest speakers, labs, experiments and learning stations conducted throughout the day. Lunch will be provided.

  • Earth’s Layers
    How did the Earth differentiate into its various layers? Which layers contain the underground reservoirs of hydrocarbons? Use modeling and graphic organizers to teach the composition, scaling and mapping of Earth’s layers.
  • Active Earth: From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics
    What evidence do we have to support the plate tectonic theory? How has the movement of plates contributed to the production of naturally occurring economic resources like crude oil and natural gas? Use puzzles, “edible models” and maps to understand Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift, relative plate motion and sea floor spreading.
  • Mineralogy: The Building Blocks of Our Rocks
    What is a mineral and what properties distinguish one mineral from another? How do petroleum geologists determine the organic materials in source rocks that produce hydrocarbons? Grow mineral crystals and test for hardness, specific gravity and other properties that distinguish one mineral from another.
  • Rocks vs Minerals
    What distinguishes a rock from a mineral? What is the composition of source rocks for crude oil and natural gas? Identify and classify rocks using graphic organizers, physics and modeling.
  • Ohio’s Sedimentary Basins
    What processes are responsible for the formation of the bedrock found in Ohio’s sedimentary basin? How are these processes responsible for the Utica and Marcellus shales present in Ohio today? Create a sedimentary basin model, calculate weathering rates, and design graphic organizers to understand how sediments, organisms, structures and rocks vary between depositional environments.
  • Earth’s Energy Resources
    What processes are carbon sinks and sources? What are Ohio’s energy resources? Create a model to track carbon flow, experiment to find out if carbon is stored in rocks and use a graphic organizer assessment to trace pathways of carbon cycles in the environment.

4:30 PM - Adjourn

5:00 PM - Evening Social Gathering (Optional)
Great time to network with other educators and industry representatives! 

DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019

8:00 AM - Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 AM - Field Trip Overview and Additional Resources

9:00 AM - Field Trip Begins
                Transportation and lunch will be provided.

4:30 PM Adjourn 

ATTENTION: All teachers MUST attend the Teacher Workshop prior to attending the social gathering or field trip. Certificates will be presented at the conclusion of the events.

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However, we're still accepting registrations so that you're on the waitlist and receive information about future workshops!

Registration does not guarantee workshop attendance. Once you register, you will receive an email confirming your attendance or placement on our wait list. We strive to include all interested parties, however, our workshops fill up quickly. Thank you again for your interest.