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Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Road Improvement

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Learn how by the 1910s, state government began making an effort to improve roads by financially aiding counties, and the federal government began assisting with funding. The economic hardships of the 1930s meant less funds, but the state authorized the state patrol and began issuing drivers' licenses.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Barnstorming

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Learn about early airplanes, and how they were a novelty and flying a source of entertainment for bystanders, but quickly became essential in the transportation of passengers and goods.

Know Ohio: Invention of the Pop Tab, Traffic Signal, and a Gas Mask

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The African-American Ohio inventor, Garrett Morgan, created an early version of the traffic signal and gas mask.  Inventor Earnie Fraze dreamed up the pull tab still popular on beverage cans, today! This video provides a look back to what inspired these inventions.

Macro Concerns in a Nano World

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Nanotechnology is beginning to play a larger part in our lives. But environmental and health concerns about exposure to nanomaterials are mounting, sparking a growing debate about their possible regulation. This QUEST video produced by KQED, looks further into nanotechnology, as this rapidly expanding field begins to play a larger part in our lives.

Extreme By Design – Watch & Do Learning Episode 2: A Real World Challenge

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"Extreme By Design - Watch & Do" is an interactive experience designed for 4th through 12th grade students, to be completed after watching the Extreme By Design documentary. Learning Episode 2 ("A Real World Challenge") builds on Learning Episode 1 ("Being an Innovator"), giving students the opportunity to unleash their ingenuity to take on a real world challenge.

If you haven't already, we recommend that you start with Episode 1.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Carol Goodbear (Exploitation)

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Carol Goodbear, the legislative director for the Three Affiliated Tribes, recognizes that the exploitation of oil is profitable, but at what cost?

Faces of the Oil Patch | Howard Klug (Future)

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Learn about Howard Klug, a Williston city commissioner and local business owner, who understands that some people think that people in the oil patch should have known the boom was coming, but he disagrees. The magnitude was unexpected, and he predicts that there will be more wells in the future. This boom won’t be over for quite awhile.

Red River Land | History of Travel | The Automobile

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At first people in the Red River Valley thought that automobiles were a nuisance that scared horses, but as automobiles became cheaper people began to trade in their carts and carriages for cars.  The gasoline engine resulted in big changes, and automobiles began realizing their full potential when a suitable network of roads was built in North Dakota. Electric streetcars and motorized busses provided city transit.

Red River Land | History of Travel | Wheels and Boats

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The first method of transportation in the Red River Valley that used wheels was the “Red River cart.”  These were built by the Métis people, who were both Chippewa and French. Covered wagons and stagecoaches followed.  River travel included steamboats and barges.

Stewards of the Land | Balancing Agriculture and Environmental Concerns

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Learn about a five-year Conservation Agriculture Program study involving four test farms in the Devils Lake Basin of North Dakota. The farmers took land out of rotation near wetlands, experimented with “no till” farming practices, and participated in soil testing studies to see if certain conservation practices could increase yields and profits, while also being environmentally friendly.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Pudge Brewster

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Learn about Pudge Brewster who moved to North Dakota after working an oil boom in Colorado. His company began by hauling equipment to the Williston area and has since contracted with companies to haul gravel.

Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops

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Learn about a unique collaboration between the Surui tribe and Google Earth Outreach. The partnership, a result of Chief Almir Surui’s request that Google help raise visibility for his tribe, involves training the Surui people to use Internet technology to protect their forest, preserve their culture, and empower their people. Support Materials include a lesson guide and student handout.

Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops: Carbon and Culture

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Since Chief Almir first contacted Google five years ago, their partnership has flourished. The Surui have created a cultural map in Google Earth to preserve their knowledge of their territory including plants, animals, and historic sites. They are also using Android devices equiped with ODK (Open Data Kit) to monitor illegal logging and measure the biodiversity and carbon stocks of their forest. Support Materials include a lesson guide and student handout.

E-Business | Web Security

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Learn about the importance of web security which becomes top priority with more information changing hands electronically.

E-Business | Jeffrey Bezos

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Hear about the flexibility of the internet and its shaping by new technologies and decreasing costs in these early years of development, from Jeffrey Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

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