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"It's Not Just A Matter Of Flipping A Switch" -- Teachers Learn The ABCs Of Energy Production

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Teachers turn students today and, as it turns out, learn a little something along the way.

The Antelope Valley Station has cranked out electricity since the 1980s, and in the process, educated thousands about how everything works.  Today, teachers from various States are "taken to school."  Tour organizers say what better group to show the plant and explain the process to than those who school the kids.

"It's not just a matter of flipping a switch and it's there.  There's a whole lot of jobs, time and effort that goes into flipping the switch, then they take [that] back home to their students," says Kay LaCoe, Communications Specialist, Lignite Energy Council.

Antelope Valley Station burns 350 tons of lignite per hour for customers spanning from the Canadian to Mexican border.  Some teachers came with a little knowledge about electricity generation -- some with a lot.  All seemed to walk away glad for the experience.  "And a lot of amazing pictures to share with my students.  I can explain to them a lot better what's going on now," says second grade teacher, Jennifer Tronset, Stanley Elementary School, North Dakota.

"I think it's good for everyone, because they should understand food doesn't come from the store.  It comes from a farm.  Electricity comes from the mining industry and power plants," explains Shane Corning, Physics/Chemistry Teacher at Mahnomen High School, Minnesota.

Antelope Valley Station is operated by Basic Electric Power Cooperative.  If you're interested in a tour, contact them at 701/223-0441.


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