Williams brings mobile STEM education to Pennsylvania students

On Monday, March 13, energy leaders Williams, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Southwestern Energy brought a dynamic STEM education opportunity to students at the state Capitol complex.

The Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU), created by the Offshore Energy Centers, is a unique and practical way for students to interact with the energy industry. To bring this project to life, the MOLU is presented at various schools and public spaces across the state.


The MOLU features six learning centers with curriculum-based activities that explore the work involved in energy development. Its curriculum, based on state and national standards, challenges students to think about topics in new and interesting ways.

These topics typically range from geology to engineering, as well as encouraging students to consider important issues like environmental stewardship. They get a glimpse into how oil and natural gas affects them personally through the products and appliances they use on an everyday basis.

Students from Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, as well as other local schools, enjoyed the hands-on learning during the team’s recent Capitol visit.

“We still have many decades of shale development remaining. We are looking to help students understand what we do as an industry and the benefit it brings to their community,” said Mike Atchie, Williams’ manager of public outreach, who was at the Capitol to offer students a helping hand.

The visit was also an opportunity to provide local and state lawmakers a glimpse into the educational outreach that Williams fosters as a partner to the community.

The MOLU will pave a path through 18 Pennsylvania locations throughout March, bringing this STEM educational opportunity directly to over 3,000 fifth and sixth graders. The MOLU schedule includes visits to:

  • Lehman-Jackson Elementary School (Lehman, PA) on March 20;
  • Mid Valley Elementary Center (Throop, PA) on March 21;
  • Wyalusing Elementary School (Wyalusing, PA) on March 22;
  • Wycallis Elementary School (Dallas, PA) from March 23-24;
  • Blue Ridge Elementary School (New Milford, PA) on March 27;
  • The Scranton School District from March 28-29.

To learn more, visit http://www.oceanstaroec.com/edu_molu.htm.