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North Dakota was first.  Others, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, are following.  For the 25th year, the oil and gas industry creates teachable moments for teachers.  For their part, teachers say being taken to energy school is worthwhile.

"The more educated people are, just in general, whether it's teachers or parents, or the community -- you know you hear all the negatives and the positives everywhere -- and I think that we have to really learn from the experts to know what's really going on," says Brandy Tjelde, Grades 6-8 Teacher, Fairview, Montana.

Experts say it's difficult to directly measure long-term impact on students.  But they're starting to see evidence of their efforts to engage the educators.  

"We've seen a huge, especially in the last five years, huge up tick, at the University of North Dakota at NDSU in the engineering, geology and math programs.  So we really do think we are making a difference," says Lynn Helms, Director, Department of Mineral Resources.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources are teaching teachers everything from the industry's prehistoric beginnings to is final products in a four-day seminar held this week in Bismarck.

 

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