1. 1 Formation

    Are fossil fuels renewable or non-renewable? Experiments show how the earth “cooked” (heat and pressure) ancient plant and animal life to create fossil fuels. Create info graphics about geologic time and the rock cycle.

  2. 2 Migration and Trapping

    Are there lakes of crude oil and natural gas underground? Where is it stored?

  3. 3 Exploration

    How do we find these valuable fossil fuels? Use contour mapping to look below the earth’s surface and “see” rock formations. Create models and calibrate measurements using blank grids.

  4. 4 Drilling and well stimulation

    How do we recover crude oil and natural gas? Use engineering design to create two models: a weight-bearing derrick and a working oil well applying principles related to porosity, permeability and flow of fluids to the surface.

  5. 5 Producing and Transporting

    How do we turn crude oil into useful products? Use the chemistry distillation process to explain how to refine crude oil. Follow lab safety procedures, collect data and understand the industry applications.

  6. 6 Refining

    How are crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) transformed into useful products? Use the chemistry distillation procedure to demonstrate the refining process. Follow lab safety procedures, collect data and understand the industry applications.

  7. 7 Petrochemicals and products

    Is crude oil and natural gas found in large lakes underneath the earth’s surface? Experiments show how crude oil and natural gas are trapped in porous rocks. Create 2D and 3D rock models to demonstrate porosity and permeability.