Area teachers learn about energy

More than 100 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in this summer as they became the students at an educational seminar hosted by the Lignite Energy Council.

teachers learn about energy

From left are Minnesota teachers Mark Krippner, Eric Telander and Tammy Winter, who were sponsored by Great River Energy to attend the seminar.

The seminar, held from June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

Teachers were provided information and educational materials needed to teach their students how lignite coal is mined and used to produce energy for homes, farms and businesses in the Upper Midwest. The seminar also covered lignite’s economic impact on the region and important environmental issues affecting the industry.

Teachers toured Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station power plant and Falkirk Mine, among other energy facilities, as part of the seminar and completed a lesson plan based on the information they learned as well.

More than 3,900 teachers have attended the Lignite Energy Council’s Teacher Education Seminar since its inception in 1986.