This free program is designed to introduce Illinois
grades 3-12 math and science teachers to all aspects of the oil and
natural gas industry, including leasing, geology, drilling,
production, transportation and refining. More than 600 Illinois
teachers from 97 different counties have attended the program since
it debuted in 2010. Participants earn either 7 ˝ Professional
Development hours and two graduate course credits from Illinois
State University or 37 ˝ professional development hours. Teachers
also receive a classroom-ready lab kit worth hundreds of dollars.
The program features a day of hands-on workshops and a tour day that
includes visits to Illinois Basin production, drilling, storage and
refining facilities. This year’s tour day will include visits to the
Patoka tank farm facility, Deep Rock Energy’s production facilities
in Marion County, Louden Energy’s production facilities in Fayette
County, an active Geo. N. Mitchell Drilling Co. drilling site in
southeastern Illinois and the CountryMark refinery in Mt. Vernon,
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Click here for a full schedule for the
2019 IPRB Summer Teachers Program.
IPRB is a non-profit organization that provides public awareness and education
programs regarding the upstream Illinois oil and natural gas industry. IPRB also
works to clean up and restore abandoned oilfield sites throughout the state.
IPRB programs are funded entirely by voluntary contributions of oil and natural
gas producers and royalty owners in Illinois.