Did you know that crude oil is not just for gasoline or jet fuel? Yes, it is the original product that we get the wax that is in our chocolate bars, the chewy in our chewing gum, it’s in disposable diapers, the rubber on a toothbrush, tires, plastic, and more.
The Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers had a field trip to one of the ExxonMobil plants in our area. The tour was for 4th thru 12 grade. I took Cade, Ian, and Tate along with Candi’s oldest son, Luke. Candi watched our younger kids while I took them for this tour. We’ve been rotating watching each other’s children so we can give our older kids opportunities to learn different things at places that have age limits or requirements.
ExxonMobil has very strict security. You are not allowed to bring in cameras or take pictures on the tour. They did approve this one group picture for us. The children were escorted to a very nice tour bus so they could ride and learn during the tour. Once we were on the bus, our tour guide showed the children a video about ExxonMobil. Then, we rode on the bus slowly through the refinery and the chemical plant. The tour guide would answer any of the kids questions on what is that, how do you do this, etc. He explained the process of separating the crude oil and how the plant recycles and cleans their own water.
Did you know there are bugs that eat oil? They use these bugs to help in cleaning the water. Also, they were used in eating the oil in the gulf after the oil spill.
They have their own fire station with fire fighters who are specially trained to handle critical situations that may occur at the plant. The fire fighters will also help in the community when needed. The plant is like it’s own little city behind those very secure gates.
It was a very informative field trip which lasted almost 2 hours. The kids got to see different products that are made using the products at ExxonMobil.
The kids even came home with goodies and info: