Student Classroom Activities

Energy in the Classroom

American Petroleum Institute has created a new resource for educators and students that explores the topic of energy. You’ll find background information, classroom activities, interactive tours, and links to a variety of energy education resources.

Adventures In Energy

Oil and natural gas are the lifeblood of the American dream, but these products do not rise magically from beneath the earth’s surface and into our furnaces, factories and vehicles. Cutting-edge technology is enabling us to achieve the same production capacity of 15 years ago with fewer wells. This means greater efficiency with less impact on the environment. Learn more about the industry’s legacy of environmental stewardship and the dramatic advances that are being employed in the search for and recovery of oil and natural gas.

Find out what happens when supply and demand for petroleum-based products occur in different locations around the globe. Be sure to visit the newest segment, Transporting Oil to the Refinery, which highlights the enormous contribution tankers make to America's energy needs. 

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy

Download our printable study guides and activities emphasizing the importance of coal, natural gas, and petroleum to our everyday lives. More importantly, we hope to familiarize students with the science and technologies that make using fossil fuels cleaner.

Oil & Gas History in WV

Much like the discussions over which came first the chicken or the egg, many wonder about the origins of the oil and gas industry. As you learn more about the history of oil and gas, you may ask...

Oil and Gas History

Afraid of Fracking?

New Book by Greg Kozera

The public has a lot of fear of hydraulic fracturing due to all of the misinformation they hear about it. We tend to fear what we don’t understand. 

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In the HBO movie “Gasland,” New York City filmmaker Josh Fox tried to scare people into thinking that natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing are new, unregulated and dangerous.

It made one Pennsylvania mom living atop the Marcellus Shale wonder what she was getting into.

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There's plenty of research demonstrating the economic impact of the natural gas industry and Marcellus Shale development.

Here are some of the better articles

Oil & Gas Glossary

Understanding the terminology aids in understanding the industry.


Online Resources

The internet is flush with articles about the oil and gas industry.

We've culled some of the better ones for your perusal.

Student Classroom Activities

You're never too young to learn about how the oil and gas industry operates.

We've identified some outstanding resources for teachers to use in the classroom.


Videos provide a wonderful way to visualize a number of things relating to the oil and gas industry. 

Enjoy! And if you know of other videos we should include in our library, be sure to let us know!

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