Permeability, porosity and the water cycle

Crystal Barnett-Sheaves teaches 7th grade science at Marietta Middle School. The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program workshop for teachers provided her with useful activities and supplies to use in her classroom.

As her students explored the water cycle and learned about ground water, they compared the different sponges in relation to permeability and porosity. This activity is part of the Migration and Trapping section of the OOGEEP curriculum available free online.

Barnett-Sheaves was able to share information from the workshop about topics such as fracking and oil production in connection with a watershed exploration game the students played. Other energy-related information was provided when Marietta College Petroleum Engineering students did presentations at the county’s Young Engineers & Scientists Day held at Washington State Community College.