Project 3: "Oil Exploration/Production in Newfoundland"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Pat Costard
(pcostard@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Leo Foley
(lfoley@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Wayne Marche
(jmarche@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Our Lady of the Cape
P.O. Box 100
Cape St. George, Nfld.
A0N 1E0
Tele: (709) 644-2180 or 664-2181
Fax: (709) 644-2005
Grade Level: Level II and III
Number of Students: 15
Project Start and Finish Dates: Feb 15 to Mar 15, 1998

  Project Overview

Students will search the World Wide Web for information about the present status of the oil Industry in Nfld. Hence the title of the project, "Oil Exploration and Production in Newfoundland". During class time the students will conduct their research, and compile it into a coherent presentation and present it to the class. Each student will be asked to concentrate on different aspects of the oil industry. This topic is well suited for web research because the oil industry in Nfld. is so new and experimental. The Web is one of the only locations that such information can be found.

Class time form both STS 2206 and Language 2101 will be used for this project. The intention is to incorporate several curriculum areas into one student project , oil exploration and production technology, Language, Computer Technology and Information technology. A four week time frame will be devoted to Web Research. This short time is intentional. It will allow intense devotion to the project and prevent distractions by other projects. Twelve or Fiftieth classes over four weeks provides the same amount of on-line time as a Ten week project with one or two classes per week.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

  • Science and Technology
  • Language
  • Computer Technology

School Curriculum Plans:

This project fits in quite well with the goals set forth by the school improvement process at Our Lady of the Cape School. One of our goals this year is to increase the integration of computers into the curriculum. This project obviously contributes to the attainment of that goal. One of our other goals is to improve Language skills by emphasizing it throughout the curriculum. During this project students will be exercising their Language skills as they prepare their presentations for class.

Provincial Curriculum Objectives:

One of the topics covered in STS 2206 is that of the Oil Industry in Nfld. The old notes on oil exploration will be thrown out in anticipation of students finding more current information, especially concerning the current status of oil exploration here on the West Coast.

One of the objectives of the Language 2101 course is to instill in students the importance of the presentation of their work. This project provides an excellent opportunity to fulfill that objective, as well as the objective of public speaking and improving oral skills.

Technology Education Objectives:

One of the ILO's for Technology at the High School Level is to:

  • Use computer based technologies to research technology issues and problems, collaborate with others on solving technology problems and communicate the outcomes to others.

One of the ILO's for Communications at the High School Level is to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how information and communications tools are used to access information, to evaluate and select information appropriate to the need, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

Both of these Intended Learning Outcomes are directly addressed by this project as it is proposed.

  Resource Connections

How will Stellar School Internet Connection Help?

The Stellar Schools Internet connection would bring one very valuable and crucial resource to this project. That resource is the World Wide Web. This project would not be possible without the Stellar Schools Internet Connection. The information being sought is so current that no other means of communications could make it available to a class of students.

Other resources:

The students will obviously be using the computers in their research. However they will also be using them to prepare presentations. It will not be mandatory but some may chose to do their presentations on Power Point.

There may be other auxiliary technologies used by students at their discretion. However none will be required and none will be brought in to the school especially for this project.

  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn about current Exploration and Production Technologies used in Newfoundland Oil Industry.

  • Students will learn how to browse the Web for a specific topic using search engines such as Yahoo and Lycos.

Impact:

For most students this will be their first experience with the Web. This will account for the greatest initial impact. Undoubtedly students will be motivated by the technology as well as exposure to the oil exploration that is ongoing right here on the Port au Port Peninsula. However the most important and lasting impact will be their access to unlimited information resources. Right now if the topic is not adequately covered in our limited Library, then the students do not get the opportunity to explore it. This access will open them up to a world of information equal to a students living in the large towns and cities.

Undoubtedly the biggest impact will be that of equality of academic opportunity.

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