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Energy Center brings the oilfield to the classroom in Midland

Offshore Energy Center is bringing their Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU) to Midland, Texas, schools to incorporate oil companies into student’s learning curriculum.

Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) officials told Midland Reporter-Telegram that MOLU will be making its way to Henderson Elementary School today.  The unit will give the students a hands on experience and will help improve their math, science and technology skills.

The MOLU will be at the school from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a brief break at 11:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

The MOLU, created by Offshore Energy Center and the Foundation for Energy Education, includes six self-contained learning centers with curriculum-based activities about energy and the oil and gas industry.  The curriculum used in the hands on centers is based on state and national standards.  The MOLU is aimed for 5th grade students, but can be used by students of all ages.

The MOLU travels by truck and trailer and is set up in school gymnasiums or common areas.  Each module, when opened, reveals a display area that includes various parts of each specific learning activity and materials.

The materials included in pre and post visits for the units are meant to enhance the learning experience.  Materials included with the MOLU are a pre/post survey with answer sheets and keys, a career survey, a 16 minute video from the American Petroleum Institute, a 15 minute video titled “The Offshore Story”, and a subject correlation guide for teachers made up of MOLU activities for each specific grade and subject.

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