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All SDDC programs follow our high quality education standards.


Teaching Mission

Hands-on exploration that builds passion for and knowledge of science across generations; students, teachers, families, citizens. 


We want all children to benefit from the camps and classes offered at the SD Discovery Center! Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, such as the Central Chapter of the SD Engineering Society and United Way, we may be able to offset the cost of our programs for families in need. 

No forms to fill out. Simply inquire by contacting Rhea.

Program guide 

To view or download our complete program guide for Spring 2020 click here.


Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
    • 4


    Can You Model?

    South Dakota's science standards call for students to be able to develop and use models. Our monthly 2 hour PD delivered via an in person, interactive hangout will give you an overview of the different ways to develop and use models using our most popular curricula: GLOBE, GEMS, Project WET and more! Learn multiple ways to integrate modeling into your teaching. Get informed! Get inspired! All from the comfort of your classroom or home.

    We meet the 4th Monday of the month, October through April except for December in an interactive, online meeting space. Chrome or Firefox browser required as is a recent version of Windows 10 or MacOS. We'll do a tech check before class to make sure you can connect.

    During our session you will have time to review your standards and start planning on how to integrate developing and using models into your instruction. Teaching an activity using models with a short reflection is required for credit.

    The class is free. Credit (pending) will have a fee.

    Questions? Contact Anne at annelewis@sd-discovery.org or call 605-224-8295.

    • 31 Mar 2020
    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Zoom

    Teachers and parents are overwhelmed with resources and ideas. These short sessions will hack a teaching resource, giving you an idea of how you might use it to teach online. Join us on Tuesdays (Grades 4-8), Wednesdays (Grades K-3) and Thursdays (Grades 9-12) at 4 PM CDT/3 PM MDT where we will unpack a resource and show how to teach it online.

    This will stream via FB Live.

    • 7 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 10:15 AM

    Join us at 10 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays via Facebook Live for an interactive Science Blast - Be an Explorer. This 15-20 minute program is for elementary school aged explorers (although we've heard some adults are watching too because everyone wants to be an explorer). This is not a sit and watch, you will get up and explore. Have your shoes handy so you can run outside if needed.


    • 8 Apr 2020
    • 1 May 2020
    • 8 sessions

    Join us Wednesdays and Fridays to become citizen scientists! In this series, grades 2-5 learn how to be citizen scientists with iNaturalist, an app that records encounters with organisms. Take photos or record sounds of a wild and natural plant or animal. Then upload the observations to the iNaturalist website using the app. Since this uses an app, parental involvement will be required.

    This will be streamed via FB Live.

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Join us for a virtual exploration session!

    During the time of social distancing, we offer Itty Bitty Einsteins online!
    Free for members!

    Ages:  3-5 years with parent or grandparent
    Time:  10:30-11:00 AM
    Location: Virtual class via Zoom
    Fee:  Members Free! Non-Members $3

    Learn about how butterflies camouflage themselves. All registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and details about the required materials to have on hand.


    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Seek and iNaturalist are two apps that will help you learn about the flora and fauna around us. Seek is great for families that want to know the name of that bug (or tree or plant) while iNaturalist is targeted to people who want to contribute to citizen science. Get ready to welcome spring by preparing to learn how to use these two handy apps.

    Free for members. Admission fee for non-members. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a guardian.

    This session will be held via Zoom. After registration you will receive a link to the Zoom session.

    • 2 May 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Join us for a virtual exploration session!

    During the time of social distancing, we offer Itty Bitty Einsteins online!
    Free for members!

    Ages:  3-5 years with parent or grandparent
    Time:  10:30-11:00 AM
    Location: Virtual class via Zoom
    Fee:  Members Free! Non-Members $3

    Learn about what butterflies and caterpillars eat!  How do they eat?  All registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and details about the required materials to have on hand.


    • 11 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Pierre
    Register


    Learn about the cutting edge research happening here in South Dakota and then collaborate with others to create exciting NGSS aligned lesson plans to bring the research to your students. 

    Dates: June 11-12
    Location: Pierre
    Fee: Members $15, Non-members $25, School District partners Free
    Credit: One 
    Grade target: 9-12

     Sponsored by South Dakota Space Grant 


    • 15 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 18 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wall and Badlands National Park
    Register

    Go beyond hands-on to full immersion in this four day/three night field based PD in Badlands National Park. We spend one day in Wall (Monday June 15) to learn the field protocols and then move to Sage Creek Campground which will be our base for field studies and exploring the park till Thursday noon (June 18).

    This year's special theme will be using Google Geo tools to teach with stories told with maps, data, photos and more. We will also use BEETLES, iNaturalist and GLOBE for our field work. We are honored to have botanist and enrolled Ogalala Sioux tribal member Richard Sherman guide us on an ethno-botany hike.

    This cross curricular PD is designed to give you experiences to use as teaching artifacts in your classroom and equip you to teach in and about the outdoors. All meals from Monday night to Thursday breakfast are provided. A limited amount of REI quality gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent) is available to rent.

    Dates: June 15-18
    Location: Wall, Badlands National Park
    Fee: Member $25, In State $50, Out of State $100, School district membership Free
    Credit: Two 
    Grade target: K-12

    Sponsored by the SD 319 Information and Education Project and
    the SD Space Grant Coalition
    with support from Wild Idea Buffalo Company.



    • 23 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • TBD - most likely Mitchell or Sioux Falls
    Register

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    Soil is the unsung hero of the natural world. In this two day professional development opportunity you will learn cross curricular ways for grades K-8 of teaching about what is healthy soil and why it matters to us. Attending teachers will be eligible to apply for a stipend opportunity to pilot the lessons in their classrooms.

    Dates: June 23-24
    Location: TBD
    Fee: Free!
    Credit: One 
    Grade target: 4-8

    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 1 Jul 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • Pierre
    Register

    A shorter, local PD similar to our Badlands class. Spend two days exploring one of the local nature areas near Pierre using iNaturalist, GLOBE, BEETLES and Google geo-education tools to help you meet standards with educational and fun resources. We'll have an optional evening kayaking opportunity. This PD is developed to provide you authentic, interesting lived experiences for you to integrate into your classroom.Dates: June 30 - July 1
    Location: Pierre
    Fee: Members $15, Non-members $25, School district partners Free
    Credit: One 
    Grade target: 4-12


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