The IPBR hosts a professional development summer program for Illinois grades 3-12 science and math teachers. Teachers who attend the program earn either 7 ½ Professional Development hours and two graduate course credits from Illinois State University or 37 ½ professional development hours. Participating teachers also receive grade-specific lesson plans and a lab/classroom activity kit. The 2020 IPRB Summer Program will be held July 6 through July 9 in Mount Vernon.

To date, 651 teachers from 96 Illinois counties have participated in the IPRB Summer Program, which will be celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2020.

The reviews are in — the IPRB Summer Program has been a smash hit with the 651 teachers who have participated in the program over its first 10 years.

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Curriculum Workshop Descriptions

Elementary Petro Sciencew/Common Core Math Component

Professional Development for Illinois Science Teachers


Understand the process of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems as it relates to the Illinois crude oil and natural gas industry. Topics include: Ordered pairs, rock ID, porosity, flow rate of oil, pulleys, oil/water cohesion, crude oil, plastics recycling codes, formation of oil and natural gas, and common core math problems.

Middle School Petro Science

Professional Development for Illinois Science Teachers


Understand the process of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems as it relates to the Illinois crude oil and natural gas industry. Topics include: oil and natural gas formation, microorganisms, sound waves, locating crude oil, reservoirs/production, separation process, safety, petroleum-based products, and energy conservation.


High School Core Energy Science

Professional Development for Illinois Science Teachers


Understand the process of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems as it relates to the Illinois crude oil and natural gas industry. Topics include: The structure of hydrocarbons, effects of elevation on flow rate, flow rate of a fluid, fractional distillation and a study of bio-remediation. Labs reinforce the major concepts.

Middle/High School Core Energy Math

Professional Development for Illinois Math Teachers


Understand and utilize Common Core Mathematic standards to define, evaluate and solve real world problems as they relate to the Illinois crude oil and natural gas industry. Topics include: Well site clean-up and restoration, directional and horizontal drilling, finding lease locations, oil and natural gas revenue/expenses, and word problems directly tied to a common core standard.