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New Lenox earth science teachers attended conference on coal energy

Lincoln-Way earth science teachers received some ‘hands-on down under’ instruction while attending a conference to receive the most up to date environmental information about coal energy.

Lincoln-Way teachers Karla Horn (LWW), Breanne Snoreck, (LWE), Kendra Will (LWN), Maria Wilson (LWN), and Zach Horn (LWC) joined school teachers from across the state for the 17th annual Coal Education Conference presented by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Coal Development on June 17 through 20.

The conference took place at the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center in Whittington, where school teachers refreshed their knowledge of earth science and learned about the importance of coal.

The teachers learned about the latest scientific technologies being applied to fossil fuels burning efficiency as well as clean coal technologies to better address environmental concerns from carbon emissions.

The four-day conference consisted of educational sessions/presentations, tours and hands-on activities that are correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards.

Presenters and speakers at the conference are mining professionals, coal technology experts, geologists and experienced coal education teachers. The Museum of Science and Industry, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois Clean Coal Institute, The Rend Lake Mining Training Center and Southern Illinois University are conference contributors and participants.

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