New petroleum exhibit on tap for Science Museum
May 15, 2017
Since the 1950s, LAGCOE has nurtured countless initiatives dedicated to educating its members, the community and the next generation about the energy industry, its value and the opportunities it provides.
LAGCOE’s commitment to continuing education stems from its mission to ensure a constant and qualified workforce pipeline for generations to come and its
even broader vision of doing whatever necessary to strengthen the community, this industry and its people.
As part of the Fostering Education initiative, LAGCOE is collaborating with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of GeoSciences and the Lafayette
Science Museum to prepare a Petroleum Exhibit.
“The strength of this exhibit will be evident due to the input from heavy-hitters like the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Geology Department and
LAGCOE. The combined input gives a truly well-rounded foundation for future visitors,” said Kevin Krantz, museum director for Lafayette Science Museum.
The exhibit aims to educate kindergarten through 12th grade students and teachers, as well as oilfield families and the greater Lafayette community about
the science, engineering and societal benefits of oil and gas exploration, production and refining.
“LAGCOE is thrilled to be working with UL Lafayette’s School of GeoSciences and the Lafayette Science Museum to create this exciting exhibit to educate
Acadiana about the petroleum industry,” said Angela Cring, LAGCOE executive director. “Education is at the forefront of LAGCOE’s mission, and we are
proud to be a part of this initiative that will educate and entertain students of all ages as they learn about an industry with so much history and
relevance in our community.”
The exhibit will tell the story of oil and gas from geological pursuit to production. The museum exhibit will be divided into four units, following petroleum
from formation to everyday uses. The first unit will introduce attendees to the petroleum system of hydrocarbon formation. Unit two will focus on the
history of exploration, specifically the petroleum industry in Lafayette and Louisiana. The third unit will explain petroleum production and will feature
working models to illustrate the importance of petroleum distribution. The final unit will show different types of products produced from petroleum,
and explain the consumption of petroleum products.
While the museum has much of the exhibit material secured, additional items are currently being sought out to enhance the experience of the exhibit to
create an environment that is both visually stimulating and interactive. Wish list items include models, such as a modern model of an onshore or offshore
rig, a pipeline route map, or a Gulf Coast stratigraphic section. Simulators to engage museum attendees, such as a Remote Operated Vehicle or Crane
Simulator are of particular interest. Any historical petroleum industry memorabilia items, such as bits and tools from exploration and production are
also on the wish list. New items may be rotated in and out of the displays during the life of the exhibit.
The Lafayette Science Museum plans to open this exhibit in Fall 2017. The Petroleum Exhibit will be up for at least one year, but could remain open for
up to three years with regular evaluation/assessment of exhibits to determine interest of visitors. Please contact LAGCOE Education Coordinator, Lori
Gauthier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-235-4055 about any wish list items that may benefit the exhibit.
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