East Texas kids get hands-on learning

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texas students got a "hands on" science lesson Friday about one of East Texas' biggest industries.

Kilgore fifth graders had class with the Mobile Offshore Learning Unit. The kids learn how oil is formed, and how it has a practical application in daily life.

Sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center, the exhibit gives the kids a visual lesson on oil science.

"I learned that crayons are made of oil, that Barbie dolls are made of oil, shampoo bottles are made of oil," said Macy Wall, a KISD 5th grader. "That really caught my attention and surprised me."

"They are just really excited to see the sedimentation," said Tracy Drury, a 5th grade science and Kilgore Intermediate teacher. "Rather than just singing a song about sedimentation, drawing a picture or reading a book, they get to see it."

The $1,200,000 traveling exhibit is from the Offshore Energy Center in Houston and has different modules for different grade levels.

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