West Texas Geology Foundation sponsored a workshop for elementary
school science teachers on June 3-5 in San Angelo at Central High
School. Thirteen elementary school teachers learned to teach the
module "Energy: A Closer Look at Oil and Gas."
Earth Science Project, a branch of the Colorado School of Mines
in Golden, Colo., developed the module with input from oil and gas
professionals. The workshop leader was Jackie McMillan, a fourth
grade teacher at Jones Elementary in Midland, Texas.
was given a notebook with lesson plans and activities and a resource
kit filled with materials for demonstration and experiment. The
teachers visited a drilling rig, talked to independent geologists
and looked at rock cuttings, among other things -- all to enable
teachers to explain the oil and gas business at the student's own
was funded by generous contributions from Burlington Resources and
the Fasken Foundation, one of six sponsored by the WTG Foundation
since 1996. Foundations, oil companies and individuals have contributed
a total of $40,390 to WTGF to present these workshops.