Modeling an Oil Reserve

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/modeling-oil-reserve
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW)
Summary:"Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means """"""""oily rock."""""""" Petroleum is called a fossil fuel because it is geologically very old and is found in the ground, like fossils. Abundant oil and natural gas form only where conditions in the Earth are just right. Doing this investigation will help you understand how geoscientists identify and explore petroleum-rich reserves. In this activity, students make their own oil reserve, hiding it for other students to drill for and find. Students experience drilling for oil on a smaller scale, and see how hard it is to find a steady, reliable source of oil."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: earth science week; energy; engineering; geology; minerals; natural resources; oil and gas; rocks
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