Energy Resources: Engineering and Earth Science Concepts for the Classroom

In partnership with The University of Texas Pan American Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching (Edinburg, TX) and the TeXas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution, STORE provided instruction on energy, climate and carbon sequestration to K-12 science teachers from South Texas. The eight-hour workshop took place at UT Pan Am on Saturday, August 20, 2011. Thirty-two teachers attended the professional development training taught by Drs. Jon and Hilary Olson of STORE and Dr. Kathy Ellins of the TXESS Revolution program.


The potato activity is always a hit. Here, a group of teachers from the UT Pan Am Collaborative work on their 'potato power plant'. How many times would you have to life a 5-lb. sack of potatoes to heat water for your typical morning shower? Check out the activity online.






Activities on porosity and permeability, including a lab activity, demonstrated some important characteristics of sandstones to reservoir engineers. A rock's porosity contributes to its capacity to hold a certain volume of fluids (hydrocarbons, water, CO2). Whereas, a rock's permeability contributes to the rate of flow of those fluids through the rock.






First, we'd like to thank Starbucks Coffee for donating coffee for the teacher professional development workshop. It is a great advantage to have teacher-baristas participate in the workshop. They made a quick analogy between a reservoir engineer's 'flow-rate' and a barista's 'brew-time', noting the effects of grain size and coffee grind respectively.