Get On The Bus To FUN!!

A group of student get a first hand look at the work and life of a roughneck.

 

 
Most people recognize the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre name and think of it somewhat like an interactive museum, where you would go for a day of fun with the family, and see and experience some really neat stuff. While all that is true, the Centre is that and so much more. Slowly, the reputation of Leduc #1 as an educational centre is catching on.
Once the summer crowds start thinning out as kids go back to school and families get back into a regular rhythm, by no means is the action at the Centre slowing down. That is in part thanks to grants that have been formed using generous donations made by some of the Centre's corporate sponsors, enabling the creation of a busing program that is available to schools.
"The original idea came about several years ago." said the Centre's Marketing Coordinator, Lynn Brown. "It started with my asking Don Hunter (the Executive Director of the Centre) if we could pay for a bus to bring a science teacher's convention here. Once the idea was out there I thought, 'Why stop at one bus? Why not ten?' After all, we have the facilities sitting here." 
The Centre had been promoting themselves to all the schools that they could reach for quite a while prior to that, and there had been a few schools that had brought a couple of hundred kids in total to the Centre using their own buses, but as Lynn pointed out, one of the biggest hurdles faced by parents is "wallet fatigue". "There is only so much money to go around." said Lynn, "So when schools have to keep approaching parents to ask for extra money to take their kids somewhere, it can eventually become insurmountable."
That is when Lynn came up with the idea of approaching energy industry companies and asking them to fund a busing program.
"It just made sense to everyone as this industry is so important to Albertans." said Lynn. "I believe it's important for the children growing up here to be educated about not only the history of oil discovery in the province, but also where this industry is going in the future."
The Centre has come up with a program for the kids that matches the curriculum according to the grade, right from grade one through grade twelve. That way the kids learn while they are having fun, and no one gets bored or overwhelmed with information that they can't understand. Centre staff have coined a great new word for their style of teaching kids, and they call it keeping them "edutained".
The program itself can be structured to take just a couple of hours, or fill a whole day for a class field trip. The kids are shown the facility led by a retired school teacher, and the day can include everything from a short film in the theatre, a tour of the grounds where kids get to don hard hats and walk onto a working oil rig, they can handle actual fossils, and play with the interactive displays inside the museum itself. 
Teachers and educators from the schools that have taken advantage of this program have come away raving about it, making statements such as, "This was the best field trip I have been on in eight years of teaching!" avowed one Edmonton teacher.
There have been classes from schools as far away as Grouard, Smoky Lake and Red Deer that have taken advantage of the Centre's busing program. Since the Centre started the busing program, student attendance has risen from a couple of hundred kids a year touring the facility, to almost 2000 young people coming through the gates so far in 2012.
"We love to see the kids coming through the Centre and learning about this industry." said Lynn. "We help educate them on everything from discovery to recovery, because I believe it is so important to learn not just where we've come from, but also where we are going."
For more information on any of the tours or programs that the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre runs, you can go to their website at www.leducnumber1.com or give them a call at 780-987-4323.
 
More Stories:
  • The Old Car Detective Father and son with 1959 Cadillac hardtop     Jamal Salam of Mississauga, Ontario, owns an American icon, a 1959 Cadillac two-door hardtop with the biggest tailfins in town!  His Series 6337 Coupe de Ville came from Arizona ...
  • Why Annexation?     One of the questions that was asked at an Edmonton informational session last week has stuck in this reporters mind. The question was a simple one “What is the need to annex since the people remain the same regardless ...
  • “We’ve a Lot of Work to Do”     Those were the words from Tim Brockelsby, a Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, at the conclusion of Edmonton’s second of five planned conversations with Leduc residents affected by Edmonton’s proposed annexation ...
  • Leduc Rural Crime Watch Award Cst. Mcfarlene, President Cor De Wit, Mayor Whaley.      The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has announced that the Leduc Rural Crime Watch Association has been awarded their 2013 Award for Excellence.      The award was established ...
  • 13,000 HOUR DONATION Executive Director, Petra Pfeiffer, thanks Jeannie Blakely on Appreciation evening. Whenever there is a crime or tragedy, there is a victim.           The word ‘victim’ does not adequately describe the complexity of circumstances ...
  • RURAL CRIME WATCH     The organization had been undergoing a serious decline in interest until the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 when the community experienced a rash of break-ins and thefts. Membership spiked and with increased monitoring ...
  • Wetaskiwin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot shows the ribbon shirt which was given to him by Laron Northwest on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation and Maskwacis.     Wetaskiwin's 23rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at ...
  • Kids Making a Difference The 19th annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program for Wetaskiwin and area was held at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum the evening of April 7th.  This is a program to recognize the good kids who are making a positive difference ...
  • Leduc City Citizens of Distinction     Annual ceremony hosted during Leduc’s Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.     The City of Leduc is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Citizens of Distinction Awards: Brianna Day  Athletic Achievement ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Beef Club     Our club has been keeping busy. In February we had our beef supper on valentines day with a great turn out. On the 15th our club attended the Red Deer Rebels game. We also had Public speaking on the 28th. All members ...
  • Spring Fling Mercedez Swallow creates a spotted puppy at the Spring Fling trade fair in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.      Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce hosts new features - Hosting successful events has challenges. But observing a steady ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia