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Faces of the Oil Patch | Kathleen Enders

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Learn why Kathleen Enders of Tioga, North Dakota, views all the change in her small town as an exciting opportunity for Tioga to grow. “Our town would die and become a ghost town if we didn’t have the change.”

Faces of the Oil Patch | Triple R Transport

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Hear the owners of Triple R Transport of Williston who have found that working within city ordinances to rezone land for their business can be frustrating and time consuming. Prior to obtaining the correct permits, they parked their trucks on their land and angered locals, but as one of the interviewees puts it, "Us being able to be here takes fifteen trucks out of the parking lot of the Wal-Mart."

John Ochsendorf, Structural Engineer

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The life and career of MIT structural engineering professor John Ochsendorf is profiled in this program from the Inspiring West Virginians series.  Lesson plans for science and social studies are included.

Stewards of the Land | Podoll Organic Farm

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One of the first organic farms in North Dakota, the Podolls have been raising a variety of vegetables and fruits for 30 years by doing their own research. 

Prairie Places | Early Autos

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Learn about the history of early automobile manufacturers in North Dakota and the men who built them. The vehicles in early days were built by individuals between 1899 and 1910.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Jay Cooke State Park

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Learn how Civilian Conservation Corps built the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota.

Katherine Johnson | NASA Computer

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Examine the life and career of NASA computer Katherine Johnson, and engage students in a discussion of the qualities Johnson exhibited that helped her break racial and gender barriers.

Stewards of the Land | Odegard Farm

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Growing a wide variety of grains, the Odegaards seeded marginal land to grass, mulch tilled, rotated grazing pasture and networked with other participating farmers. 

Stewards of the Land | Teubner Farm

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 The Teubners farm 7000 acres and seeded grasses around wetlands and in buffer strips, farmed no till, and soil tested. 

Hot Jobs: Cyber Security Analysts Fight Crime/Science Matters

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Learn about the exciting opportunities for and vital roles played by Cyber Security Analysts in the growing field of Cyber Security. Watch this Science Matters video to learn what it means to be a Cyber Security Analyst and see if this job could be the right fit for you.

For more information about Hot Jobs from Science Matters, click here.

What are the Responsibilities of a Bridge Inspector?

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Examine the responsibilities of a bridge inspector and learn what West Virginia event lead to changes in the inspection laws.

Inventions and Science: Movable Type | The Story of China

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Learn about the early practices of printing in China during the Tang and Song dynasties with this clip from The Story of China. Books were primarily published with woodblocks, with entire pages carved into separate pieces of wood. The Chinese first invented movable type during the Song Dynasty, but the complexity of the Chinese language made it cumbersome and not cost efficient. However, publishers continued to use woodblocks.

Extreme By Design

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Extreme by Design, an hour-long documentary film, follows forty students from Stanford University's Institute of Design (also known as the d.school) who want to change the world--and the educational revolution that's making it possible.

To supplement the documentary Extreme By Design - Watch & Do is an interactive experience designed for 4th through 12th grade students, complete with a Lesson Plan and two student activities.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch | Ocean Today

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Throughout the ocean, there are many areas where marine debris has gathered in patches. These huge patches are filled with tiny bits of plastics called microplastics. Cleaning up the patches would be no easy task. The ultimate solution is prevention, stopping marine debris at the source. Watch to learn about one of these patches, the Great Pacific garbage patch, located in the North Pacific Ocean.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Caleb Frye

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Caleb Frye of the Williams County Sheriff’s Department speaks about how his job has changed with the population growth in the oil patch.

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