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Program guide 

To view or download our complete program guide for Summer 2019 click here.


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

    • 11 May 2019
    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 8 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. 


    • 4 Jun 2019
    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 7
    Register

    Age: Pre-K, 4-5 years old

    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


    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.

     

    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 12
    Register

    Age: Grades 3-5

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

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $30 (members $26)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants


    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

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

    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • South Dakota Discovery Center
    • 30
    Register

    Image result for TermespheresMeet and Create with SD Hall of Fame artist, Dick Termes.

    Exhibits & Workshops for All Ages This Week!

    Spearfish, SD artist, Dick Termes will visit the SD Discovery Center in Pierre, SD June 27 & 28, 2019.  His hands-on exhibit, Up, Down & All-Around will go up on Thursday and be on display through July.  The exhibit shares information about the artist himself, examples of his art and hands-on opportunities to do art and geometry based upon Termes' work.

    Thursday (6/27) afternoon from 3-5 pm, Termes will lead an art making workshop called Spherical Art from Geometry.  Participants will use magnetic tools to explore polyhedrons and explore their own designs on geometric shapes.  They will learn to draw the shapes on the sphere as in Termes' work and then apply their designs to a sphere. All participants will take home their own artwork.  Anyone age 10 to 110 is welcome to participate.  The fee is $10/member, $15/nonmember or $25/member family, $40/non-member family.  Participants are welcome to arrive early to explore the exhibit before the workshop.

    Friday (6/28) morning from 10:30 to noon, Termes will lead a workshop on creating 3-D Structures.  This workshop helps participants understand how man has used polyhedra in creating wonderful sculptures and architecture, and how nature uses them in many of its creations.  Magnetic stick and ball sets are used to help the participants each create 20 different polyhedra. Students see the world in a whole different way when they are done with this workshop.  This workshop is for anyone 7 years  and older.  The fee is $5 for SDDC members and $10 for nonmembers.

    The exhibit and the workshops are made possible, in part, by the South Dakota Arts Council.




    • 6 Jul 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 20
    Register

    Itty Bitty Einsteins

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    Ages: 3-5 years with parent or grandparent
    Time: Saturday, July 6 from 10:30-11:30 AM
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: FREE, members only

    These free, members-only events introduce preschoolers and their parents to fun, hands-on SD Discovery Center science. 

    - enjoy hands-on science with your child(ren)
    - meet other preschool parents
    - get to know the SD Discovery Center



    • 8 Jul 2019
    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 14
    Register

    Age: K-2

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

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants


    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
    • 12
    Register

    Age: Pre-K, 4-5 years old

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

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $25 (members $22)

    Limit: Max 15 Participants


    We needinnovators!  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
    • 259
    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
    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 11
    Register

    Age: Grades 3-5

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

    Location:  SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (Members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants


    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.

    • 19 Jul 2019
    Register

    Science Takes Flight in Gettysburg!

    Date and Ages: Friday, July 19

    Grades 3rd - 5th from 9am–12pm

    Grades 6th-8th from 1–4pm

    Location: Gettysburg Airport

    This summer, science takes flight!

    The SD Discovery Center and Civil Air Patrol have teamed up to bring the Science of Flight to your community!

    Join us for a half day camp and explore what it takes to be a pilot and go on life-saving search and rescue missions.
    Whenever there is someone is missing or in danger, the Civil Air Patrol sends teams on the ground and in the air to help the people in need. Meet Civil Air Patrol members and find out how you 
    can start your aerospace adventure.


    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center/ La Framboise
    • 9
    Register

    Age: Grades 5-8

    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


    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.

    • 23 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center, 805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
    Register
    Great Explorations in Math & Science for 4-9 Teachers


    Tuesday, July 23 from 9am -3pm through Wednesday, July 24 from 9am - 3pm

    SD Discovery Center, 805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

    $40 registration fee.  Register at www.sd-discovery.org

    1 ($45) undergraduate/graduate credit (approval pending) or up to 15 CEU's (free) available. 

    Kids love (& LEARN from) hands-on science & math lessons.  You will be amazed by the skills your students gain when you teach these units.  During this workshop you will try the materials, activities and lessons plans associated with the standards you teach.  Through active involvement we will practice using GEMS kits to meet the science standards, materials & small group management, questioning techniques, linking reading & writing with math & science, and inquiry-based learning.

    Those taking the workshop for credit must teach a GEM's lesson by Sept. 30, 2018 and participate in a review of the experience.  Times will be arranged at the convenience of the participants.  Each participant will earn a free GEMS guide of their choice and a teacher membership to the SD Discovery Center.  Bring a laptop, if you have one.

    This workshop is sponsored by the SD Space Grant Consortium.


    • 29 Jul 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 12
    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
    • 1 Aug 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 17
    Register

    Age:  K-2

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

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants


    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!

    • 3 Aug 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 19
    Register

    Itty Bitty Einsteins

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    Ages: 3-5 years with parent or grandparent
    Time: Saturday, August 3 from 10:30-11:30 AM
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: FREE, members only

    These free, members-only events introduce preschoolers and their parents to fun, hands-on SD Discovery Center science. 

    - enjoy hands-on science with your child(ren)
    - meet other preschool parents
    - get to know the SD Discovery Center



    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 6 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Yankton
    • 14
    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
    • 8 Aug 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Riggs HS Pro Start Kitchen
    • 5
    Register

    Age: Grades 3-5

    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


    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
    • 15 Aug 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 12
    Register

    Age: K-2

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

    Location: SD Discovery Center

    Fee: $45 (Members $39)

    Limit: Max 20 Participants


    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

18 Jun 2019 Science and Storytelling in the Badlands
17 Jun 2019 Saplings - Explore: Storytelling - Filmmaker
13 Jun 2019 STEM SAVVY - A Teen Science Cafe: Mind Control
10 Jun 2019 Sprouts - Explore: Naturalist - Tracker
3 Jun 2019 Shoots - Science: Life Science - Forensics
1 Jun 2019 Itty Bitty Einsteins
28 May 2019 POSTPONED:Librarian Workshop: Space Science Resources in SD (Hot Springs)
28 May 2019 Librarian Workshop: Space Science Resources in SD (Watertown)
24 May 2019 Meet a Scientists!
8 May 2019 Girl Scout Badge Day - Space Science Adventurer
4 May 2019 Itty Bitty Einsteins - Mmmm...Mandarins.
3 May 2019 CANCELLED: Girl Scout Badge Event - Outdoor Journey
24 Apr 2019 Administrative Professionals' Day Lunch
16 Apr 2019 Girl Scout Badge Day - Entertainment Technology
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
31 Jan 2019 CuriosiTeens
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
29 Oct 2018 Teaching Phenomenally
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
22 Sep 2018 Starry Saturday Planetarium Show
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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Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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