STORE Partners with TXESS Revolution for "Energy, Climate and Water in the 21st Century" Summer Institute

In collaboration with TXESS Revolution, STORE provided instructors for a two-week professional development workshop for K-12 teachers at The University of Texas at Austin on Energy, Climate and Water in the 21st Century.

STORE discussed various energy resources, water monitoring and climate change mitigation technologies (carbon sequestration) at the workshop, June 13-25, 2011.










Precious Williams (above left), graduate student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, and Dr. Jon Olson (above right), STORE member and professor in the department, assist teachers with a porosity and permeability lab.






























 Field Trips As part of the summer institute, participants were hosted for a one-day field trip by Luminant to the Oak Grove Power Plant and Kosse Coal Mine in Texas. In addition, participants looked at natural CO2 sinks as part of a field trip to the Waco Wetlands during the program.

STORE members Jon Olson, Hilary Olson, Paul Bommer, Larry Lake, Steve Bryant, Susan Hovorka, Katherine Romanak and Becky Smyth participated in the two-week institute. In addition, Kathy Ellins of the TXESS Revolution instructed teachers on water resources, and Tad Patzek of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin discussed future energy resources.

The TXESS Revolution is a teacher professional development program at The University of Texas at Austin. Find out more about the program. 

At right, teacher Michael Arratia works on a reservoir geology activity led by Dr. Larry Lake of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Michael was awarded the 2011 STEM Educator of the Year Award by SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).