On his way home Wednesday night from the Poudre Learning Center Energy Institute, Zach Romer said he finally understood the oil and gas rigs he drives past daily.
Romer teaches eighth-grade science at Heath Middle School in Greeley, and he’s spent the past several days at an inaugural program put on through a partnership between the learning center, the University of Northern Colorado and several oil and gas companies — SRC Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy and PDC Energy.
The oil and gas companies footed the bill for the free program so northern Colorado teachers could learn more about the industry and how it works.
The class — which ends today — covered a variety of subjects connected to the energy industry that showed teachers how math, chemistry, engineering, social studies, economics and more all connect to oil and gas, said Amy Nicholl, Poudre Learning Center curriculum coordinator.
“I think the coolest thing is that they actually got to learn from experts in the field,” Nicholl said. “They could ask about anything … and that has kind of helped to fix the misconceptions about oil and gas. And the teachers are getting information they can take back to their classrooms.”
This week, 17 middle and high school teachers from northern Colorado, many from Greeley, attended the four-day program. Last week, 22 elementary school teachers participated.
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The Energy Institute is in its first year and officials hope to continue, and possibly grow, the program next year, said SRC Energy Vice President Craig Rasmuson.
Romer said he’s loved the program.
“It’s been really useful and I’ve been getting a lot of good insight,” Romer…
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