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Program guide 

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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
    • 13 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.

    • 2 Feb 2019
    • 4 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • SD Discovery Center
    Register

    Itty Bitty Einsteins

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    Ages: 3-5 years with parent or grandparent
    Time: 1st Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 AM, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: FREE, members only

    These free, members-only events introduce preschoolers and their parents to fun, hands-on Discovery Center science.
    - enjoy hands-on science with your kid(s)
    - meet other preschool parents
    - get to know the SD Discovery Center

    Coffee available starting at 10 AM


    • 4 Feb 2019
    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Jefferson Elementary School Library
    Register

    Great Explorations in Math & Science

    Kids love & learn from hands-on science and math activities.  You will be amazed by the skills your students gain when you teach these Great Explorations in Math & Science units.  During this workshop you will get your hands-on the materials, activities and lessons associated with your standards.  Through active involvement you will practice materials & small group management, questioning techniques, linking reading and writing with math and science and 3-D lesson design.


    Grades: K-5

    Time: Mondays, February 4, 25, March 4, 18, April 1 and 22, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

    Location: Jefferson School Library

    Fee: Free!

    Sponsored by the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium


    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • 5
    Register

    Create your own mobile app for Android devices! Build quizzes or games, code a photo booth and drawing tools, control a robot with your phone, or invent an app that can change the world! Don’t just consume technology - create it! Using blocks-based programming tools from MIT App Inventor allow you to create of fully-functioning apps for smartphones and tablets without prior programming knowledge.

    Ages: Grades 6-8
    Time: Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 from 3:15 - 5:00 PM (6 sessions)
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: members: $10, non-members: $12; sponsored by SD EPSCoR



    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 9
    Register

    Girl Scout Badge Day - Space Science Investigator

    Venture through the Solar System and beyond in our planetarium, and see that space is even bigger than you may have imagined.

    Girl Scouts can earn the requirements for the Space Science Investigator badge.

    1. Model the Solar System
    2. Circle the Sun
    3. Discover the stars
    4. Use the tools to explore
    5. Share your sky

    Ages: Juniors 
    Date: February 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: $12 per girl (badge not included)


    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center

    Join the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society to celebrate the contributions and careers of engineers with a free day at the SD Discovery Center. Local engineers will host special hands-on engineering activities for kids and families - including everyone's favorite - chocolate asphalt, satellite building and more.  Local robotics teams will demonstrate their skills throughout the day.

    All Ages Welcome!
    Time:
    Saturday, February 23, 10:00 – 4:00 PM
    Come and go. Plan to stay about 2 hours.
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: FREE, thanks to the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society!
    Large groups, please call 224-8295 to reserve a visit time.


    • 8 Mar 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • 9 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • University of Sioux Falls
    • 25
    Register

    GLOBE is an international science and education project that engages students in monitoring earth’s systems through data collection, data reporting, and participation in research. Sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, GLOBE gives students opportunities to do real world science with real world application. This hands-on workshop will walk you through the basic protocols in atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Upon completion, participants will be certified GLOBE teachers. GLOBE educators have opportunities for to apply for mini-grants, receive special stipends, and connect internationally with educators.

    Registration and payment through the University of Sioux Falls is required. Register and pay.



    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 9
    Register

    Girl Scout Badge Day - Space Science Adventurer

    Step into our planetarium to investigate the complexities of the sky as you learn to see things in a new way.

    Girl Scouts can earn the requirements for the Space Science Adventurer badge.

    1. Meet the neighbors in our Solar System
    2. See more than before
    3. Investigate the Moon
    4. Be a stargazer
    5. Celebrate and share

    Ages: Brownies
    Date: March 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: $12 per girl (badge not included)

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Avera Health and Science Center Room 282, SDSU, Brookings
    • 7
    Register

    Science Communication Crash Course

    Enhance your science communication skills to effectively engage diverse audiences in your area of expertise. The SD Discovery Center offers a dynamic hands-on workshop based on the concepts of Portal to the Public to improve scienstis-and-public engagement. The Portal to the Public framework connects scientists and research professionals with the general public to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) more accessible and get children interested in STEM career paths. 

    Date: Wednesday, March 20 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    Location: Avera Health and Science Center Room 282, SDSU, Brookings
    Fee: FREE, sponsored by SD EPSCoR and SDSU Graduate School

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center

    Don’t tread on me! Explore the world beneath our feet and join us for a day filled with fun investigations and activities! Become a detective and find out what soil is made of and why its health is so important. Discover what hides deep underground, catch soil on the run, and make seed bombs.

    All Ages Welcome!
    Time:
    Wednesday, March 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
    Come and go. Plan to stay about 2 hours.
    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: Members $5, Non-Members $7
    Large groups, please call 224-8295 to reserve a visit time.


    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SD Discovery Center
    • 13
    Register

    Explore the science behind entertainment technology: the sound waves in music, the light that makes movies and how we can add special effects. 

    Girl Scouts can earn the requirements for the Entertainment Technology badge.

    1. Animate your own artwork
    2. Dig into video game development
    3. Try the science of amusement park rides
    4. Create your own special effects
    5. Surf a sound wave    

    Ages: Juniors 
    Date: April 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Location: SD Discovery Center
    Fee: $12 per girl (badge not included)


    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wall, Badlands National Park
    • 14
    Register

    Sciencetelling is where science meets storytelling! Join us in this field based exploration of the Badlands. You will spend one day in class in Wall and three days/two nights camping in the primitive area of the Badlands doing field studies. Along the way you will become GLOBE certified, learn how to use iNaturalist, contribute to an ongoing citizen science project and start on earning National Geographic Educator Certification. We will also spend some time strategizing how to bring your adventures into the classroom. Suitable for teachers in Grades 4-12.

    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: 1 (fee extra)

    Sign up today!

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



Past events

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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