Luminant Provides a Real-World Learning Experience

STEM lessons for Texas teachers


Workshop participants learned about soil texture and collected soil samples for field testing while touring Three Oaks Mine’s reclamation areas.

Workshop participants learned about soil texture and collected soil samples for field testing while touring Three Oaks Mine’s reclamation areas.

Furthering their knowledge of environmental stewardship and energy production, nearly 20 elementary and secondary teachers attended a Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) workshop at Luminant’s Sandow Power Plant and Three Oaks Mine. Through the workshop’s interactive sessions, our state’s educators were able to connect the link between natural resources, their role in energy production and the importance of environmental stewardship – all valuable lessons they’ll take back to their classrooms this fall.

Standing in the pit at Three Oaks Mine, attendees learned about lignite formation and various geologic processes.

Standing in the pit at Three Oaks Mine, attendees learned about lignite formation and various geologic processes.

“Luminant has a longstanding history of supporting educational outreach efforts and our employees who helped lead multiple workshop seminars are true subject matter experts,” said Robert Gentry, Luminant Academy curriculum manager. “With the potential to reach more than 2,000 students, opportunities like these help equip teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to effectively communicate energy-related topics in their classrooms.”

During the week-long workshop, participants attended multiple field and classroom seminars highlighting various environmental science topics and received a first-hand look at mined land reclamation.

Luminant has set the standard in mined land reclamation for more than 40 years, restoring nearly 80,000 acres and planting more than 38 million trees that will benefit Texas’ landscapes and wildlife for generations to come.

The teachers also stood inside of a dragline bucket at Three Oaks Mine.

The teachers also stood inside of a dragline bucket at Three Oaks Mine.

TMRA teacher workshops offer Texas teachers science-based information to help better educate their students about the availability, importance, development and use of our natural resources. During one-week sessions, teachers tour mining facilities, visit reclamation areas and participate in hands-on labs with the objective of returning to the classroom and providing their students with real-world, problem-solving activities – such as designing a surface mine, restoring land or developing water resources. Learn more about TMRA teacher workshops here.

 

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