The IPBR hosts a free professional development summer program for Illinois science and math teachers in grades 3-12. 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 worth hundreds of dollars. This year’s IPRB Free Summer Program will be held June 24 through June 27 in Mount Vernon. Lodging, meals and grad credit costs are included! To date, 588 teachers from 93 Illinois counties have participated in the IPRB Summer Program, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Summer Program Monday Workshop Description

Elementary Petro Science with 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.

Core Energy Math Middle/High School

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.

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