GE Summer Science Academy takes creative approach to academic, engineering challengesPublished: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK
Inside a science laboratory on the campus of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, teams of students last week attempted to connect syringes to plastic tubing and canisters filled with vegetable oil and coffee grounds.
They were participating in an oil and gas extraction competition as part of the GE Summer Science Academy, which brought 62 students from 35 communities across Oklahoma to the campus in the heart of Oklahoma City.
The oil extraction challenge emulates real-life challenges of the oil and gas industry as campers try to successfully engineer ways to lift the oil from a canister on the ground to a reservoir on a table using tools like syringes, tubing and balloons.
“You have to try in multiple different ways,” said Sophie Fosmire, a junior-to-be at Kremlin-Hillsdale High School north of Enid. “Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it doesn't always work the second time even if it worked the first time. It's frustrating and challenging — and I like that.”