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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.


Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center

    Our digital planetarium is open to the public the second and forth Saturday of each month!  Show topics vary depending on the presenter (Greek or Lakota constellations, the moon, deep space objects, etc.).  It’s fun for the whole family. All ages welcome!

    Free with paid admission.  Members free. 


    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • via Google Meet
    • 2
    Register

    Add hands-on, phenomena driven teaching to your classroom!

    Join us the last Monday of Oct-April (not December) for a two hour professional development about using phenomena in your science teaching that will excite your students and lead them into exploration and discovery.

    Use experiences such as water and surface temperature to draw your students into not just learning about but actually doing science. Connect with South Dakota researchers and bring their research into your classroom. Learn how to find the phenomena in GEMS kits.

    Bonus! Get additional content from National Geographic and learn how to become a National Geographic Certified Educator.

    One credit is for attending all sessions plus completing a practicum of planning, teaching and reflecting on a phenomena based activity by the end of the class. 

    Session Topics:

    • Oct 29 - Introduction to Phenomena and Nat Geo Certified Educator
    • Nov 26 - Water Transparency - . What does water transparency tell us about erosion, geology, geography and human impacts?
    • Jan 28 - Air Pollution and Brain Disease -  How do particulates found in air pollution affect cells and living organisms?
    • Feb 25 - Surface Temperature. What is surface temperature? How does it relate to our climate?
    • Mar 25 - Engineered Bones. How does our body heal bone injuries and how can we help bones repair themselves?
    • Apr 29  - Soil. What is soil? How is it made? Why does it matter to us?
    • By May 20 - 

      Practicum. Prepare, teach, and reflect upon a phenomena based lesson.


       


    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SDEA, 411 E Capitol Ave
    • 11
    Register

    Do you like exciting experiments? Meeting scientists? Learning new things? Then you will love CuriosiTeens!  Meet up with other teens who enjoy STEM* too. (*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 

    Ages: 10 and up 
    Time: Thursdays January 31, February 28, March 28, and April 25 from 3:15 – 5:00 PM (4 sessions)
    Location change! Instead of at Georgia Morse, all sessions will be held in the board room at SDEA (411 E Capitol Ave, adjacent to GMMS)
    Fee:  members: $30, non-members: $35

    The Date   The STEM  The Details
     January 31  Dive Deep Dissection Explore the anatomy of a squid and look inside this fascinating invertebrate to explore its peculiar features
     February 28  Masters of Mimicry Follow the Amazon Adventure of Henry Bates, naturalist and explorer and discover the many faces of animal mimicry.
     March 28  Modular Robotics - Sense, Think, Act Explore Cubelets and build a robot that can sense, think, and act on its own. Solve design challenges and discovery what your robot can do!
     April 25  Modular Robotics Challenge: Animal Adaptations Take animal adaptation to the next level: use Cubelets to design a creature with unique adaptations to a new environment.

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Drifter's Bar & Grille, 325 Hustan Drive, Fort Pierre, SD
    Register


    • 3 May 2019
    • 11 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 20
    Register

    Girl Scout Badge Event - Outdoor Journey

    Start your outdoor journey and come on an outdoor overnight adventure with us! You will learn primitive camping skills such as making a fire, cooking a meal, and pitching a tent. During our nature hike, you get to explore in the dark, navigate the trail, listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals, and gaze at the stars. End the day by sharing our best nature experiences of the day and create a piece of outdoor art. We will sleep at the Girl Scout cabin and have breakfast together the next morning. Before the trip, we will plan and prepare together and make sure you are ready for your adventure.

    You will fulfill the requirements for the following badges:
    Junior: Camper, Eco Camper, Outdoor Art Explorer
    Cadette: Primitive Camper, Eco Trekker, Outdoor Art Apprentice (aspects of Trailblazer and Night Owl)

    Ages: Juniors and Cadettes
    Dates:
    Plan the trip: May 3 from 3:30 - 4:45 PM at the SD Discovery Center
    Overnight adventure: May 10 from 5:00 PM - 8 AM (May 11) meet at the Girl Scout Cabin Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
    Fee: $30 per girl (badges not included)
    Limit: Minimum 10, maximum 20 scouts

    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 6 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 17
    Register

    Time:  June 6-9 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (Members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Grade: 3-5


    Investigate a crime scene and solve a captivating mystery,  Forensic science is a combination of various disciplines that takes a team to tackle.  In our forensics camp, you will learn how scientists solve crimes by collecting evidence, and looking into DNA analysis, fingerprinting, chromatography, flame tests, and other ways to catch criminals.


    Science in Action collaboration with the Sanford PROMISE - Inspiring the next generation of scientists. 


    • 4 Jun 2019
    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 14
    Register

    Time:  Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee:  $25 (members $22)

    Limit:  Max 15 Participants

    Age: Pre-K


    Get up and get moving!  Every Tuesday in the month of June Seedlings can come and learn how to grow up healthy!  Growing up healthy can take the look of eating healthy and staying active, both of which will be covered during these Tuesday Classes!


    Following the principles of Let's Move! and Growing Great, our activites encourage children to be more active and make healthy food choices to grow up healthy.  Each lesson includes a story, a physical activity, a hands-on science activity and a snack.

     

    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 11
    Register

    Time:  June 10-13 from 9:00 - 12:00

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 ($39 Members)

    Limit: Max 15 Participants

    Age:  K-2

    Learn one of the most essential outdoor skills: how to read animal tracks.  Animal tracks can not only tell you the animal species, size, and travel direction, they can tel you entire stories,  Explore what the animals in your backyard and other animals native to South Dakota tell you about their life and what survival skills you can learn from them.

    Critter Crates sponsored by SD Game, Fish, and Parks

    • 17 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 15
    Register

    Time:  June 17-20 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $50 (members $43)

    Limit: Max 15 Participants

    Grade:  6-8


    Learn how to make your own film and participate in the NASA eClips Spotlite video challenge!  During this camp, you will make your own video to help NASA debunk science misconceptions.  From script to screen, create and produce your video and build an understanding of a science concept through creative video representation.

    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wall, Badlands National Park
    • 7
    Register

    Date: June 18-21.

    Pre-class remote session date: TBD. We will meet for approximately two hours one time a week or two before our expedition to discuss expectations, certifications, phenomena and logistics.

    Location: We will meet in Wall on June 18 and travel to Sage Creek Primitive Campground after the class. We will spend three nights/two days in the field, returning to Wall on June 21 for a wrap up session.

    Fee: $50. Includes meals while in the field. Travel and accommodations prior to field session not included. A limited amount of camping gear available for a low fee rental. Pierre School District teachers, email Anne for the discount registration code.

    Credit: 2 (fee extra)

    Science meets storytelling in this cross curricular PD! Join us in this field based exploration of the Badlands with guest instructor ESRI consultant Kyle Treddinnick. You will spend one day in class in Wall and three days/three nights camping in the primitive area of the Badlands doing field studies.

    Along the way you will

    • explore the watersheds, geology, flora, and fauna of Badlands National Park,
    • make an ARCGis Story Map of your explorations,
    • participate in citizen science, using iNaturalist,
    • gather phenomena and stories for your class,
    • practice GLOBE field skills (certification encouraged)
    • start on earning National Geographic Educator Certification. 
     Suitable for teachers in Grades 4-12. This class is a hybrid, requiring a remote meeting before the class and assignment for credit.

    Sign up today!

    Sponsored by SD Space Grant Consortium, SD 319 I&E Project, and the National Geographic Society.



    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 19
    Register

    Time:  June 24-27 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $30 (members $26)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Grade: 3-5

    Whenever there is someone missing or in danger, the Civil Air Patrol brings teams on the ground and in the air to help the people in need,  Civil Air Patrol volunteers help find lost hikers in the woods or someone trapped because of a flood, and they have unique training to find downed aircraft,  In this camp you get to meet members of the Pierre Civil Air Patrol and participate in a search and rescue scenario.  Explore what it takes to become an emergency responder and go on life-saving missions. 

    Sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol

    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 29 Jun 2019
    • Badlands National Park
    Register

    This field based PD is an invitation only event for current and former Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. Please contact Anne for more information.

    • 8 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 18
    Register

    Time:  July 8-11 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Age: K-2

    Grow a love for gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind with our Junior Master Gardener camp.  This summer, we will focus on the three areas of the International Master Gardener Program (JMG): plant growth and development, soils and water, and vegetables and herbs.  Discover how to grow yummy vegetables and make your own herb garden to take home.  Participants can become JMG certified in the three focus areas we will cover within this class.

    • 9 Jul 2019
    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 14
    Register

    Time:  Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $25 (members $22)

    Limit: Max 15 Participants

    Age: Pre-K

    We need innovators!  Kids naturally think like engineers:  they love to explore and figure out how things work.  In this class, we stretch your seedlings' thinking skills by teaching them how to think creatively and learn to be problem solvers.  Together, we think, create, and share through several fun engineering challenges, with preschool STEAM and Lego education.

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Drifters Bar & Grille, Fort Pierre
    • 263
    Register

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    Gather your friends for a high energy event that’s part concert, part comedy and all sorts of craziness rolled into one big outrageous party. The audience becomes part of the show in a request-driven sing-along, dance-along Saturday night extravaganza!! Get your tickets ($30/person) today - this show sells out!

    This will be an outdoor summer concert at Drifters Bar & Grille on the river.  If you want to be up close to the fun, purchase one of the five available VIP tables, $400 for a table for eight.  

    FYI - You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.

    All proceeds from this event will help build an endowment for the SD Discovery Center.

    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 18
    Register

    Time: July 15-18 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (Members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Grade: 3-5

    Investigate how simple machines make our lives easier.  Discover mechanical principles and engineering design by using gears, belts, and axles to solve real-world tasks.  We are using hands-on Lego Education kits to spark creativity and develop critical thinking skills while building and exploring simple machine and mechanisms, such as catapults, merry go rounds, and cranes.

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center/ La Framboise
    • 12
    Register

    Time: July 22-25 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  SD Discovery Center / La Framboise

    Fee:  $60 (members $52)

    Limit: Max 12 Participants

    Grade: 6-8

    Love the water?  Navigate the waters of the Missouri and explore the shore along our islands.  In this camp you will learn basic water survival skills while becoming a kayaking expert.  While out on the river, we will observe the nature and wildlife above and below the water surface, test the water quality of our river, and do some citizen science activities with the NASA Globe observer.

    • 29 Jul 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 13
    Register

    Connecting Research to the Classroom

    Date: July 29-30, 2019
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: Free. Credit: $45
    Credit: 1 graduate or undergraduate credit via the University of Sioux Falls

    Get your students excited about STEM and connect them to South Dakota scientists using FREE curriculum modules developed by teachers for teachers! The SD EPSCoR Education Portal is a powerful tool that offers hands-on lesson plans for middle- and high school aligned with SD science standards, that include engaging activities and connections to actual SD scientists and their current research. 

    This workshop is sponsored by SD EPSCoR.


    • 29 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 1 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 19
    Register

    Time: July 29- Aug 1 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Age:  K-2

    Blur the line between technology and art.  During this camp we will look at how animators create illusions and explore how digital photography and green screens can be combined to create stunning effects.  We will look into character design, story-boarding, and stop-motion animation.  Become and movie magician and create and produce your own movie with the StikBot App.

    If you have a smart phone or tablet, bring it along!

    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 6 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Yankton
    Register


    Date: Aug 5-6
    Location: Yankton area.
    Fee: $25. $15 members.  Credit extra
    Credit: 1 

    Join us for two days of phenomena forward professional development using Project WET, GLOBE, iNaturalist, and National Geographic resources. You will receive curriculum, become GLOBE certified, and start your journey on becoming a National Geographic Certified educator. Our time will focus on looking at phenomena and modeling how it drives 3D instruction. 

    This workshop includes a special field session with park staff so come ready to experience learning about the river. Sign up today!

    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 8 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Riggs HS Pro Start Kitchen
    • 15
    Register

    Time:  Aug 5-8 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:  Riggs HS Pro Start Kitchen

    Fee:  $60 (members $52)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Grade: 3-5

    There is a fine art to controlling giant colonies of microorganisms that expand flour and water into pillowy dough.  Learn how to set up a bake space, measure ingredients, and bake delicious creations.  We will start a sourdough culture, bake rolls and cookies, and make and toss pizza dough.

    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 18
    Register

    Time:  August 12-15 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (Members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants

    Age: Grades K-2

    Join us on an archaeological dig and learn about cultural artifacts and customs of prehistoric people and cultures of South Dakota.  Meet an Archaeologist and explore the skills involved in excavation, map-drawing, and recreating the past from evidence found buried under ground.  Discover stone tools, weapons, and rock art, and discover what stories ancient artifacts tell us.

Past events

16 Apr 2019 Girl Scout Badge Day - Entertainment Technology
10 Apr 2019 RESCHEDULED: Girl Scout Badge Day - Space Science Adventurer
6 Apr 2019 Itty Bitty Einsteins - Dumbo...Your Ears!!!
30 Mar 2019 "We want to Build a Treehouse!" Fundraising Mardi Gras Dinner by Rotary
28 Mar 2019 STEM SAVVY - A Teen Science Cafe: Come to the dark side - we have unicorns!
27 Mar 2019 The World Beneath Your Feet
20 Mar 2019 Science Communication Crash Course
2 Mar 2019 Itty Bitty Einsteins
23 Feb 2019 Engineers Day
21 Feb 2019 Girl Scout Badge Day - Space Science Investigator
12 Feb 2019 TECH - Coding: App Developer
2 Feb 2019 Itty Bitty Einsteins
23 Jan 2019 Elks Aviation and Technology Day
16 Jan 2019 Girl Scout Badge Day - Mechanical Engineering: Race Car
15 Jan 2019 National Geographic Educator Certification
14 Jan 2019 National Geographic Educator Certification - Phase One
28 Dec 2018 Educator Resource Day!
14 Dec 2018 CANCELLED: Preschool Fridays: Relief for the reef.
9 Dec 2018 STEM SAVVY - A Teen Science Cafe: Pole to Pole
1 Dec 2018 Maker Day Workshop: Paper Model Building
30 Nov 2018 CANCELLED: Preschool Fridays: Hey, what's happening to the coral reef?
29 Nov 2018 CuriosiTeens - From Pole to Pole
15 Nov 2018 Best for Last
26 Oct 2018 Preschool Fridays: Who lives in a coral reef?
24 Oct 2018 Early Release - Chemistry is Out of this World!
20 Oct 2018 Google Mapping
18 Oct 2018 CuriosiTeens - SD Clam Fossils & Our Environment
18 Oct 2018 Meet a Scientists!
28 Sep 2018 CANCELLED Preschool Fridays: What is coral? Is it alive?
27 Sep 2018 CuriosiTeens - Ocean Currents & Microplastic
16 Sep 2018 Teen Science Cafe Youth Leadership Meeting
25 Aug 2018 Maker Day Workshop: Telescopes
6 Aug 2018 Daisy Badge Day: How Robots Move
1 Aug 2018 Made by Teachers for Teachers: Education Portal – Connecting Research to the Classroom
30 Jul 2018 Robotics Camp - Advanced
30 Jul 2018 Robotics Camp - Basic
27 Jul 2018 Mom/Pop and Tot in the Garden
27 Jul 2018 Science Fridays - Thinking cap
26 Jul 2018 Science Thursdays - Thinking cap
25 Jul 2018 Preschool Tracks and Traces - PM
25 Jul 2018 Great Explorations in Math & Science for K-5 Teachers
25 Jul 2018 Preschool Tracks and Traces - AM
23 Jul 2018 Earth and Space Camp - Middle School
23 Jul 2018 Earth and Space Camp - Elementary
21 Jul 2018 Little Wings on the Prairie
20 Jul 2018 Cancelled--Science Fridays - Recipe for a human body
19 Jul 2018 Science Thursdays - Recipe for a human body
18 Jul 2018 Preschool Science Let's Go Camping - PM
18 Jul 2018 Preschool Science Let's Go Camping - AM
16 Jul 2018 Daisy Badge Day: Design a Robot
16 Jul 2018 Cancelled-- Earth and Space Camp - Middle School
16 Jul 2018 CANCELLED: Earth and Space Camp - Elementary
13 Jul 2018 Mom/Pop and Tot in the Garden
13 Jul 2018 Science Fridays - Where have all the flowers gone?
12 Jul 2018 Science Thursdays - Where have all the flowers gone?
11 Jul 2018 CANCELLED: Cowboys Overnight Camp
11 Jul 2018 Preschool All About Owls - PM
11 Jul 2018 Preschool All About Owls - AM
9 Jul 2018 Cowgirls Overnight Camp
9 Jul 2018 Advanced Outdoor Explorer Camp
9 Jul 2018 Junior Outdoor Explorer Camp
29 Jun 2018 Science Fridays - Build-a-Beast- Cancelled
28 Jun 2018 Science Thursdays - Build-a-Beast
27 Jun 2018 Preschool What's Wild? - PM
27 Jun 2018 Preschool What's Wild? - AM
25 Jun 2018 Junior Outdoor Explorer Camp
22 Jun 2018 Mom/Pop and Tot in the Garden
22 Jun 2018 Science Fridays - Diggin' Fossils
21 Jun 2018 Science Thursdays - Diggin' Fossils
20 Jun 2018 Preschool Little Legos - PM
20 Jun 2018 Preschool Little Legos - AM
18 Jun 2018 CANCELLED: Garden to Table Camp - High School
18 Jun 2018 GLOBE in the Field
15 Jun 2018 CANCELLED - Science Fridays - Are we made of stardust?
14 Jun 2018 Science Thursdays - Are we made of stardust?
13 Jun 2018 Preschool Mini chefs - PM
13 Jun 2018 Preschool Mini chefs - AM
12 Jun 2018 Game Design Class
11 Jun 2018 Garden to Table Camp - Middle School
11 Jun 2018 Garden to Table Camp - Elementary
8 Jun 2018 Mom/Pop and Tot in the Garden
8 Jun 2018 Horse Day Camp
7 Jun 2018 Horse Day Camp
6 Jun 2018 Horse Day Camp
4 Jun 2018 Daisy Badge Day: What Robots Do
19 May 2018 Flat Fixing - Maker Space
3 May 2018 Outdoor Journey: Animal Habitats - CANCELED
2 May 2018 Preschool Science 321 Blast Off!
28 Apr 2018 Starry Saturday Planetarium Show
28 Apr 2018 Maker Day: Sewing Buttons and Hems DATE CHANGED!
17 Apr 2018 Jane the Movie
14 Apr 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
11 Apr 2018 Outdoor Journey: Archery CANCELED
4 Apr 2018 Preschool Science Wiggly Worms
28 Mar 2018 Bird Festival
24 Mar 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
24 Mar 2018 Maker Day: Cooking Eggs with LaMinestra
20 Mar 2018 Game Design Class
10 Mar 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
7 Mar 2018 Preschool Science Animal Defenses
1 Mar 2018 Healthy Cooking: Simple Meal
17 Feb 2018 Maker Day: Fly Tying with Fishing Buddy & the Tuesday Tyers
15 Feb 2018 Robin Watch
10 Feb 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
7 Feb 2018 Preschool Science Colorful Rainbows!
27 Jan 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
24 Jan 2018 Elks Aviation and Technology Day
17 Jan 2018 Meet a Scientist
13 Jan 2018 Starry Saturdays Planetarium Show
11 Jan 2018 Healthy Cooking: Snacks
10 Jan 2018 Preschool Science Our Amazing Bodies
9 Jan 2018 Healthy Cooking: Snacks
31 Dec 2017 Healthy New Year's Eve Party
18 Dec 2017 Big Science at Sanford Lab
17 Nov 2017 Basic GLOBE
20 Oct 2017 Girl Scout Halloween -- Darkness Engineer

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