Educator Workshop: I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don’t know where to start!
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 The Paleontological Research Institution, its Museum of the Earth and its Cayuga Nature Center will host an educator professional development workshop on teaching about hydrofracking and the broader energy system. “I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don’t know where to start!” will provide information without advocating for or against hydrofracking.
Middle & High School science and social studies (but any K-12 teacher or informal educator is welcome)
Don Duggan-Haas & Rob Ross, Museum of the Earth
Instructional Outcomes — As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Explore the Marcellus Shale and the larger energy system from technological, environmental, geological, geographical, economic, and cultural perspectives.
- Gain access to the Museum of the Earth’s large and growing set of evidence-based resources for learning and teaching about the Marcellus Shale and the broader energy system including the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale; Google Earth tours; Prezis; and more.
- Describe the Marcellus Shale and provide an overview of its importance geologically, environmentally and economically.
- Describe New York State’s energy system and ways in which it is changing.
- Enhance skills related to teaching about controversial issues.
PRI’s Marcellus outreach does not advocate for or against drilling, and a fundamental goal of our work is to provide evidence-based information and to build understanding of the science related to the Shale, the extraction techniques employed in gas recovery from the Shale, and associated environmental impacts.
Where and When?
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Cayuga Nature Center
Optional Energy Tour of the Museum of the Earth immediately following
Training Hours: 3 for the workshop, an additional hour for the energy tour of the museum.
- NYS Science/The Next Generation Science Standards
- Common Core ELA, Math
- The book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale;
- A certificate of participation for either three (without the energy tour) or four (including the optional energy tour) hours of professional development credit; and;
The meeting was partially funded through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF GEO 1015189 and GEO 1035078). It was hosted by the Paleontological Research Institution and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Outreach Team.
Tentative Agenda: Check back for updates
10:30 – 10:45 Introductions of facilitators and participants, and overview of the day
- Distribute books
10:45 – 11:15 Hydrofracking in comparison to other energy sources
11:15 – noon Teaching Activity: Exploring Energy Questions to Complexify the Seemingly Simple and Build Systems Understandings
- Where does my energy come from?
- What are some economic and environmental implications of my energy choices?
- Discussing discussions and debates.
- Paired questions:
- Should we use this kind of energy?
- Should we use this much energy?
Noon – 12:45 Lunch and Further Discussion
12:45 – 1:00 – general public arrives for panel discussion
1:00 – 2:30 Panel discussion with authors of The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale
2:30 – 3:30 Optional Energy Tour at the Museum of the Earth
3:30 – conclude workshop (evaluations will be set via email)
Find related resources here: http://bit.ly/PRI-Marcellus-NSTA2014.