Refinery hosts workshop for STEM teachers
MPC's Catlettsburg refinery hosted a day-long Project Wild teacher training event in June that was attended by 20 teachers from the local Ashland City School District.
The event, held at the England Hill Training Center, was facilitated by Dr. Melinda Wilder from Eastern Kentucky University who is one of the nation’s leading experts on the use of next generation science standards.
Participants received a Project Wild K-12 curriculum and activity guide, which focuses on helping students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment.
Continuing education units, along with the certification necessary to use the Project Wild curriculum, were awarded to teachers while giving them the opportunity to further develop their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching skills.
“MPC offers these types of training classes because we support STEM educational opportunities and need our children to be trained to think, not what to think,” said HES Professional Vernon Marcum. “Without the ability to understand the scientific processes that surround us, our future generations will not be able to make the science-based decisions that they are going to be called upon to make.”