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The following article was posted on September 27th, 2012, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 29 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 29

Connect with science, tech, oil, and energy

BY GAYLE PRATT

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Central Coast Education Collaborative (CCEC) both enjoy creating access to hands-on learning experiences, especially in science, math, and technology.

They’ve teamed up to guarantee a S.T.E.M. winder learning experience! Beginning Oct. 1, the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit Exhibit (MOLU) will roll into town and make its California debut at our very own Discovery Museum. MOLU is a $1.2 million, traveling S.T.E.M.-based education tool correlated to national and state curriculum standards for 5th- through 8th-grade students. It comes with an instructor who guides students through 24 interactive stations over a 90-minute period. All this translates into a valuable learning experience for students.

This science-on-wheels learning tool has already had quite a tour of duty, reaching seven states and 25,000 students. The unit will connect students to oil and energy, a topic that has great relevance in their lives. In time, the topic might have great relevance to their career paths.

The Santa Barbara Foundation and CCEC are making this one-time enrichment opportunity available to schools without charge, including transportation if needed. The Discovery Museum will play host to the exhibit Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 12. Advance reservations are required due to limited availability. To learn more, contact the Discovery Museum at 928-8414.

This week’s column was contributed by Gayle Pratt and the Central Coast Education Collaborative, an effort of the Santa Maria section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Oil and Gas Industry to support the academic efforts of teachers and students on the Central Coast of California. Discovery Corner is a weekly column in the Sun, highlighting events, science activities, and more for the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum at 705 S. McClelland in Santa Maria. Send comments to discoverycorner@santamariasun.com.