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Email: ndseec.info@k12.nd.us

1305 9th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103

Phone: 701.446.3170

Fax: 701.446.3176

Teacher Resource Program

The Teacher Resource Program (formerly known as the Valley City Area Teacher Center) works mainly with rural districts to access to high-cost educational resources at a minimal rate, provides regional bus driver training and technical assistance to its members. It also serves as a clearinghouse to numerous resources from various state agencies such as the ND Game and Fish, ND Water Commission, ND Forest Service, and others.

The Teacher Center is located in the lower level of the McFarland on the campus of Valley City State University.

Available Resources


Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Each kit comes with a collection of locks, hidden contraptions, timers, keys, and other “diversion hardware." The VCA Teacher Center has 10 kits available to check out.

Lego Education Story Starter Kits

The LEGO Education Starter Kit includes materials delivered in a sturdy storage bin along with sorting trays. The set consists of 1,144 selected LEGO elements, including characters, icons, bricks, and building plates. Students can use these different materials to create different projects and ideas for fun and for learning. The starter kit contains enough materials to have about 5 students use the LEGO kit at one time. The VCA Teacher Center has 22 kits available to check out.

The LEGO kits will be checked out to schools for 2 weeks at a time. Teachers must attend a 2 hour training workshop before checking out the materials.

Digitarium Planetarium

The Digitalis Portable Digitarium creates a unique learning environment for virtually every level of education. The Digitarium system consists of a fabric dome, projector, a fan, a computer and the Nightshade software. The dome measures 16 feet in diameter and 10 1/2 feet high. Once the traveling cases and duffel bag are unpacked, it can be set up in about 10 minutes by one person, right in the classroom, gym, auditorium, or cafeteria. The Planetarium can be rented from the Teacher Center at a cost of $250 per week for members or $350 for non-members. Prerequisite: Digitalis Planetarium Workshop attendance.

SPRK Sphero Robotics

Sphero SPRK Edition will inspire a love of robotics, coding, and STEM principles…all through play. SPRK is simple enough for beginners of all ages, yet sophisticated enough for seasoned programmers. The SPRK community is thriving as thousands of kids shape their future through fun and discovery. Fire up your imagination and break the rules about learning. The VCA Teacher Center has 3 kits of 9 Sphero SPRKs and 3 kits of 3 Sphero SPRKs. Accessory kits containing nubby and turbo covers, chariots, and ramps are available to go with each kit.

Life Size Whale

Project WILD sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish has several whales teachers can use with students to learn about endangered animals and fish. The plastic whale, two Project WILD books, a binder of activities, and posters will be free to teachers who attend a five-hour workshop. Only teachers who have attended a workshop will be allowed to use the whale. Teachers who have attended a WILD workshop in the past must still attend. New activities, lesson plans and suggestions on how to use the whale with students will be covered.

RealityWorks Babies

The Realityworks Babies contain simulation babies that have been programmed to imitate fetal alcohol syndrome, drug-affected, and shaken babies. Each baby gives students an example of the various affects that come with these negative aspects of pregnancy. The simulation babies come in a container carrying all three subjects. The Realityworks babies will be checked out to schools two weeks at time.

Ellison Machines

he ownership of the patented Ellison LetterMachine, the original letter and shape cutting system, is shared by participating member schools through the Valley City Area Teacher Center. These schools have chosen to become partners in this project by pooling dollars to purchase the equipment and a growing library of dies. The Teacher Center prepares an annual travel schedule for the two Ellison LetterMachines along with a selection of dies to visit area schools throughout the school year. Communications related to use of the Ellison LetterMachines should be made with the Teacher Center at (701) 890-9837 or sandy.zahn@k12.nd.us.

STEM Forestry Kit

The Forestry STEM kit is a box full of materials relating to forest and environmental information. This kit has books, pamphlets, tools, and various other items to explain and show facts to students. The Forestry STEM kit also provides different types of small samples of leaves, bark, and shrubbery with labels on them as first hand examples. This kit can be used to broaden student’s knowledge of the environment and surrounding wildlife.

Ozobot Kits

The Teacher Center has 2 kits of 12 of the Ozobots. Each kits contains resources.

Rubik's Cube Kits

The Teacher Center has 2 classroom Rubik's Cube kits available for check out. Each kit contains 24 Rubik's cubes and Curriculum Guides.

Little Bits Kits

LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks to allow everyone to create inventions. These kits contain electronic building blocks that are color-coded and magnetic.The teacher center has 8 STEAM kits that are available to check out. Each kit contains step-by-step resources and a 72 page invention guidebook to help your students get started.

Available Services

Participating Schools

  • Barnes County North
  • Edgeley
  • Ellendale
  • Enderlin
  • Fort Ransom
  • Gackle-Streeter
  • Griggs County
  • Hope-Page
  • Kulm
  • LaMoure
  • Litchville-Marion
  • Louis L'Amour
  • Pingree-Buchanan
  • Maple Valley
  • Milnor
  • Montpelier
  • Oakes
  • North Sargent
  • Sargent Central
  • Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center
  • St. Catherine's
  • Valley City

Participation Fees

Participation in the SEEC Teacher Resource Program is determined as follows:

  • A high school district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater.
  • A graded elementary district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater.
  • A special education unit will pay a $300 fee.
  • A vocational education unit will pay a $200 fee.

Contact Information

Sandy Zahn