Mobile energy classroom to offer hands-on Marcellus Shale education

The Mobile Energy Education Training Unit is a traveling exhibit of the Drake Well Museum in Titusville. It uses rig models, rock samples, drill bits, valves and video displays to explain how gasoline and oil are refined and used in our society. The mobile classroom will be open for free public tours from noon to 5 p.m. on April 17, near the Reed Union Building at Penn State Behrend.

The debate over drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation has increased interest in the unit, which travels approximately 10,000 miles a year, said Joe Hulsizer, the program’s director.

“That’s the biggest thing right now,” Hulsizer said. “Fracking and other drilling issues are definitely dinner-table conversations.”

Other energy options, including solar and nuclear production, also are discussed in the unit’s displays.

The exhibit is part of Penn State Behrend's 21st Century Kids program, which offers science and engineering workshops, campus tours and dining hall meals to middle-school students from rural areas of Corry and Crawford and Warren counties. More than 90 students from Beaty-Warren Middle School in Warren will be on campus for the program.

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Last Updated April 11, 2012