Petroleum Council Teacher Education Seminar

The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation hosts this seminar for educators to learn about the oil industry and take projects, lessons, and ideas back to the classroom. The seminar also helps educations translate to their students geography, math, chemistry, geometry, etc. tie into the oil and gas industry and careers. Delve deep into the oil and gas industry from its prehistoric beginnings to the skills, technology and education it takes to recover it and the ways it is important to you.
Topics include:
Petroleum geology – Why is petroleum found in the rocks of western North Dakota?
Drilling, producing and refining oil and gas and why is it important to me?
Career exploration in the energy industry.
History of oil and gas in North Dakota.
Paleontology of the Williston Basin.
Oil and the environment – Can they coexist?
Plus, attendees get a rare opportunity to tour a drilling rig, production site, and more.

Lignite Conference

The Lignite Energy Council will conduct an education seminar for approximately 130 elementary and secondary teachers from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota. The seminar was totally revamped in 2009 and made into a two-credit class which lasts for four days. Participants can receive credit from the University of North Dakota (Teaching & Learning) North Dakota State University (Education), or Minot State University (Science). This means that teachers who took the class when it was a one-credit course can take it again if they need a refresher as there is lots of new information. The seminar, which will be held at Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND, will provide teachers with the information and educational materials they need to teach their students about how lignite is mined and used to produce electricity for homes, farms and businesses in the Upper Midwest. In addition, the seminar covers lignite’s economic impact on the region, as well as important environmental issues affecting the lignite industry. Since 1986, more than 3,300 teachers have attended the Lignite Energy Council’s teacher education seminar.

Career Explorer Workshop

A hands-on professional development opportunity for teachers, counselors and administrators. Join us to learn everything Bismarck State College has to offer in a variety of fields, including energy, agriculture, cybersecurity, health care, and more! Teachers, counselors or administrators attending this event receive free admission, dorm lodging and meals (provided by Bismarck State College). Continuing Education credit (2 credits) is available for attending, provided by the University of Mary. In addition, attendees will experience numerous hands-on learning opportunities to explore new and emerging technologies in today’s top careers.