Petroleum Engineering

Recommended: Grades 4-5

In this unit, students will learn that:

  • natural resources are materials from nature that humans use to produce goods
  • natural resources include rock, water, plants, and soil
  • fossil fuel is a natural resource used by people as a source of energy
  • petroleum is a fossil fuel
  • petroleum (fossil fuel) is formed when decomposed plants and animals are pressured and heated under layers of sediment over millions of years
  • energy is the ability to cause motion or create change
  • soil is made from weathered rock and decomposed plants and animals
  • petroleum engineers design and create technology and processes that extract underground petroleum

Total: 4 to 6 hours of instruction

Design SySTEM is the nation's leading digital elementary engineering curriculum. 


  • Digital STEM curriculum for Grades 2-5
  • Scripted lessons covering 12 fields of engineering
  • Standards-aligned: NGSS, Common Core ELA, Math Extensions
  • Project-Based Learning: Real-world challenges sourced from industry leaders
  • Low-Cost: Prototypes using recyclables and basic school supplies
  • Frameworks: Engineering Design Process, Career Exposure, "Four C's" (Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)
  • Adoption: Public Schools, Private Schools, After-Schools, Summer Schools, International Schools


* These are recommended grade levels based on the language and concepts used in the lesson plans. Many teachers differentiate instruction for upper and lower grades when using the full curriculum.

(Recommended for Grades 4-5)*:

  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

(Recommended for Grades 2-3)*:

  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

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