Members on the Anadarko Action Team, from Anadarko Petroleum Corp., recently visited Todd Lorson's shop class at Loyalsock Township High School. The team worked with the shop students to produce 25 nesting boxes for birds, which will be placed in Tiadaghton State Forest on May 21.
The team, who funded the nesting box project, went into the shop area with the students and set up stations to produce the nesting boxes, by using an assembly line process.
"My students actually designed the houses (nesting boxes), and we did estimates on materials, so it was life lesson in manufacturing for them in our engineering unit," Lorson said.
Loyalsock Township High School sophomore Aaron McGinley, 16, center, works alongside Anadarko Petroleum Corp. employees while making song bird nesting boxes at Loyalsock Township High School on April 29. Students of Todd Lorson's Technology Education department made 150 song bird boxes, which will be placed in various locations.
One station would assemble the materials and then they would move the boxes to different stations to add more details to the house using nail guns and electric drills. The students plan on making nearly 150 nesting boxes to place in the wild.
"I think it was awesome that Anadarko took time out and gave us some funding to build some bird houses together, and now we get to realize the whole experience and go out and set these bird houses out into the wild," Lorson said.
The nesting boxes will be used by numerous cavity-nesting songbirds including: tree swallows, house wrens, eastern bluebirds, tuffed titmouses, great-crested flycatchers, black-capped chickadees, and white-breasted nuthatches.
"The boxes will help to increase nesting locations, provide safe locations for nesting, provide bird watching opportunities, increase locations of nesting and provides opportunities for students to have application-based learning experiences," Chad Greevy, Loyalsock Township High School principal said in a press release.
After the students and the Anadarko team finished building 25 nesting boxes, they moved back into the classroom area, where members of the team explained to the students what the corporation does and all the different jobs involved within the corporation.
"It is about the experience the students have connecting the company name to the employees and what they actually do, because there are so many opportunities out in the oil and gas industry that these local people need to know about, so that they can get involved in it as well," Lorson said.
Shon Rhoton, Operations Superintendent at Anadarko, explained to the students that the corporation is one of the world's largest independent exploration and production companies. It operates one rig with three to five non-operated rigs, and has drilled more than 300 wells to date. It also employs 70 percent of native Pennsylvania workers, and is recognized as one of the top five workplaces in the nation.
The goal of creating the nesting boxes is to educate the students about the conservation of the environment, as well as the gas industry.
The team then explained to the students what they do for the corporations, how they ended up working there, and where they went to school and what they studied. The other members included, Amanda Kennedy, plant operator II; Bill Scott, corrosion technician II; Brandon Highsmith, engineer I; John Cole, field foreman; Jim Hansel, regional security manager; Abbie Allison, supply chain representative; and Patrick Powers, field foreman and roads engineer.
Members of the team and the students learned a lot through the experience. Hansel explained to the students that he can now go home and tell his wife that he knows how to build a bird house.
The students also were able to learn about the different job opportunities that they will have in the future through the oil and gas industry.
"It is about the experience the students have connecting the company name to the employees and what they actually do, because there are so many opportunities out in the oil and gas industry that these local people need to know about so that they can get involved in it as well," Lorson said.
"I learned a lot, and it was really interesting to see all the different aspects and the different jobs all figured into the same thing," said Anggie Cardillo.