The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) has recognized 40 students, including Abigail Myers from Big Walnut High School, for their exemplary work at the Ohio Academy of Science’s annual State Science Day held at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
State Science Day draws more than 1,000 students from around Ohio and this year a record number of participants applied for the OOGEEP award. For more than 50 years, State Science Day has been the pinnacle of student-originated and inquiry based science education. It is the academic equivalent of a state athletic championship and is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.
OOGEEP, funded by Ohio’s oil and gas producers, judges students on their scientific research, communication skills and outstanding work or knowledge about crude oil and/or natural gas in the areas of geology, engineering, chemistry, technology, microbiology, physics and environmental sciences.
“Each year, we are impressed by the outstanding projects researched, developed and presented by these students,” said Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director. “These young men and women will fill tomorrow’s highly-technical jobs, including those in the oil and gas industry. They will ensure our state and nation continues to be a leader in science, technology and innovation and OOGEEP is proud to support them.”
“Science education is crucial for the future of all industries, especially ours,” said Greg Mason, exploration and production manager for the Energy Cooperative and one of OOGEEP’s State Science Day judges. “To see these students use their scientific knowledge and then tackle some complex and relevant topics encourages me. I hope they serve as an inspiration to other students in their schools.”
OOGEEP recognizes the winners with a certificate and cash prize. In addition to science fair project ideas, OOGEEP also works to assist students and teachers with a variety of other educational programs.
The Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a nonprofit organization responsible for public outreach on behalf of Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry. The mission of OOGEEP is to facilitate educational, scholarship and safety programs, and to promote public awareness about the industry and its positive impact on the economy. For more information, visit < www.oogeep.org >.
Information for this story came from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program at < www.oogeep.org >.