WTRF: The Linsly School held Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit for middle school students
WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - A brand new learning unit has come to The Linsly School to teach students about the Oil and Natural Gas fields.
The Mobile Oil field Learning Unit is a cutting edge STEM based learning opportunity for grades 5 through 8.
Linsly is the first school in the state of West Virginia to host this program.
MOLU focuses on the Oil and Natural Gas development and technology, sciences, and the engineering behind the industry.
"Things they might not think of. Things that are made from Oil and Natural Gas in everyday life," said Cabot Oil and Gas External Affairs Coordinator, Kelsey Mulac. "Some of the careers that are involved in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, how to get involved in the future if they were to be interested in a career similar to anything that we're teaching here."
The Middle School Dean, Maggie Allison said this program brings real world experiences to the middle school students.
"We are always looking for those ties to the real world and making it hands on and just an interdisciplinary type of experience," said Middle School Dean, The Linsly School, Maggie Allison.
This program wasn't all for show the students also had to fill out a workbook that they were being graded on for their science classes.
" Yeah I think it's very fun that we get to write stuff in our notebooks and stuff," said 6th Grade Student, Adam Gill.
"It's really fun so far. Some of the stations are like coloring and like some you can turn the wheel and see what happens and it's really cool so far," said 6th Grade Student, Jessica Lehrke.
This program is also a gateway for children to better understand the jobs some of their parents have in the Oil and Natural Gas field.
"A lot of kids here might actually have parents who are working in the Oil and Natural Gas industry," said Mulac. "So a lot of kids might go home and say 'Mom' 'Dad' I learned about what you do in school today in these hands on interactive activities."
Mulac also said they are excited to bring this program to Linsly and hopefully to more Schools in the future.
Allison said this program could also ignite a students passion for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry at a young age.