The Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) is a traveling exhibit that features six, self-contained, kiosk-style learning stations. It was put into service by the Offshore Energy Center in 2008. The stations feature curriculum-based, hands-on activities about energy, and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and natural gas industry.
Meeting educational standards
The MOLU is particularly geared to 5th grade students, since science, including energy, is a focus area for that school year’s TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test. However, the MOLU is also appropriate for other age groups. Curriculum for each of the 24 activities in the MOLU is based on national and Texas state standards (TEKS—Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills).
The unit is transported via truck/trailer for set-up and exhibition in school gymnasiums or other areas. Up to 192 students can participate per MOLU exhibition day, with 48 students rotating through the exhibit every two hours. After completing a rotation, students receive a “MOLU Pass” with questions correlating to the activities on all 24 stations within the six centers. Teachers can later review students’ answers to these questions. Pre- and post-visit materials accompany the units, to enhance the experience.
The Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) was in Abilene this week to promote energy career opportunities to school children. For more information on this, please click the links below.
In April 2009, the MOLU was a featured exhibit at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers in Wichita Falls, Texas. Also, in May 2009, the MOLU was set up at the Annual Meeting of the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association in Amarillo, and children from several area schools visited and interacted with the unit.
Since then, the MOLU has visited Texas schools in Abilene, Graham, Dallas, Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Kilgore and Tyler.
Teachers, administrators and local citizens interested in having the MOLU visit their schools may contact Doris Tomas (281-544-2435, firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Offshore Energy Center.