Classroom and Lab Activities for Teaching about Energy
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Natural Gas and the Marcellus Shale part of Energy Activities
This homework problem introduces students to the Marcellus shale natural gas play and how an unconventional reservoir rock can become an attractive hydrocarbon target.
Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of Energy Activities
This is a semester-long, jigsaw project for a class of 20 to 25 students that has students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics and society.
Energy Gallery Walk part of Energy Activities
This is a cooperative learning activity using the Gallery Walk Strategy (strategy from the Starting Point Gallery Walk web pages) to enrich student understanding of the complex nature of solving our nation's ...
Oil Demand and Consumption part of Process of Science:Examples
Data modeling activity using oil reserve and consumption data. Students predict when oil reserves meet or exceed reserves.
Virtual Oil Well Game part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Games:Examples
This strategy game has players prospect for oil using seismic profiles on limited budgets. -
Looking for Gas Layers in Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
The students perform a well log analysis in order to discover gas-bearing layers in a sedimentary basin (Anadarko)
The Oil Game: Problem-based learning exercise in an Environmental Geology lecture-format class part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
This is an active engagement exercise as a capstone exercise in a unit on energy in an Environmental Geology class of non-science majors combining a 'field-based' simulation and 'office-based' geological modeling. It uses readily available supplies and easily constructed equipment that can take 1 or 2 class meetings.
Consequences of Modern Energy Use: A Remote Sensing analysis of the gulf oil spill using ArcGIS software. part of Energy Activities
Students download satellite imagery and conduct a remote sensing analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using ArcGIS software.
To Drill or Not to Drill? A Case Study in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
To Drill or Not to Drill is a multidisciplinary problem based learning exercise, which intends to increase students' knowledge of a variety of topics through a real world environmental topic. In addition, ...
Oil and Gas Exploration Project part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students play the role of a geologist for an oil and gas exploration company. Given a budget and some basic geological information they are required to bid on leases, explore, drill, and hopefully produce at a ...
The Great Energy Debate part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan explores the energy debate in the U.S. Students will hold a mock congressional committee meeting and make decisions about public lands and energy resources. -
Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students analyze the interplay between science and politics on the issue of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Question of the Day
ANWR Drilling Policy Debate (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Jun16 04) Activity Sheet and Reading The author's calculations yield the following: An average US car mileage increase of five miles per gallon would reduce oil ...
Calibrate Peer ReviewTM: Petroleum Geology of the Persian Gulf Region part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Peer Review:Examples
Students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance, the Middle East, including the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with ...
Minnelusa Project: A Capstone Exercise for Junior-Level Sedimentary Rocks and Processes Lab part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The Minnelusa Project integrates core description and interpretation, lithologic unit identification from well log response, subsurface well log correlation, and subsurface mapping. The final goal is to propose and ...
Petroleum Use Jigsaw Activity/Homework part of Energy Activities
Students get one of 3 homework assignments. They then gather in groups, one that has completed each homework to answer questions as a group. The exercises estimate current oil usage, reserves, and amounts available ...
Petroleum Depletion by Inquiry part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a draft of a guided inquiry activity to help students become aware of the problem of petroleum depletion or peak oil. Students use existing data to make projections of future discoveries and consumption. It ...
How Much Energy is on my Plate? part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. This activity was submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Energy Workshop, held in April, 2011. This activity ...
Offshore wind or offshore oil? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
An introductory environmental science project tasking students with comparing offshore oil and wind power development.
How Much Oil Leaked from Deepwater Horizon? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Students develop an estimate of the total quantity of petroleum discharged from the Deepwater Horizon from 20 April to 15 July 2010 using only two known facts, the diameter of the riser and the flow rate of the oil/gas mixture emanating from the riser.