Making Geology Rock: OERB Hopes 4-H Curriculum Update Stimulates Children's Interest in Field

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Making Geology Rock: OERB Hopes 4-H Curriculum Update Stimulates Children's Interest in Field


Terry-Cobo, Sarah, THE JOURNAL RECORD


OKLAHOMA CITY - Consider it more than a new look at old rocks.

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is working to improve geology education for students in the state. The nonprofit organization worked with Jim Puckette, geology professor at Oklahoma State University, to create a new curriculum for the state's 4-H Club program. Mindy Stitt, OERB executive director, said the goal of the new textbooks is more than improving children's knowledge about rocks.

"This is a fresh new look at geology," she said. "If they are interested in rocks, it's another way to show them they can have a career in geology."

The OERB considered updating the textbooks a few years ago, when an employee from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association mentioned that 4-H programs' geology information was written in the 1950s and the curriculum didn't have any Oklahoma-specific information.

The OERB is providing new geology textbooks and science kits to all 77 county extension offices in the state. The kits will include workbooks for 4-H members, as well as activities on specific geological formations around the state. Some of the activities from the new curriculum will help students understand rock porosity and permeability, an important underlying concept in petroleum geology.

Kevin Allen, state 4-H program leader with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service, said the OERB curriculum fit his program's mission of a hands on-approach to science. …

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