After studying petroleum engineering, students in Mrs. Kennedy’s Engineering classes simulated bore drilling with cupcakes, using straws as "drills." Each cupcake had a colorful twist: the white frosting represented topsoil, and the various colors inside represented different geological elements — blue for limestone, yellow for sandstone, red for shale 1, and green for shale.
Students "drilled" three holes into their cupcakes and analyzed their samples before making predictions about their cupcake's interior. Recognizing that red and green indicated oil, they also assessed their cupcake's potential for cost-effective drilling. Cutting them open was the exciting reveal! They were able to see how close their predictions actually were. It was a memorable – and delicious – way to understand the process of oil exploration.