In Person and Hybrid Professional Learning Opportunities


Grades: 4-12
Time: March 8-9
Location: University of Sioux Falls
Fee: $50 Renewal, $120 Graduate
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Sponsored by the SD 319 Information and Education Project and the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium

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. A special emphasis will be placed on teaching using the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Sciencetelling in the Badlands

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)

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

Teach Phenomenally!

Last Monday of Oct-April (not Dec) Starts October 29.
4pm - 6pm
via Google Meet (requires Chrome browser)
Grades 4-8
One credit*
Free! (credit extra)

Sign up at: Teaching Phenomenally

Sponsored by the SD 319 Information and Education Project, South Dakota EPSCoR, the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium

Join us the last Monday of Jan-April 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.

You can earn a 2 contact certificate hours for each session you participate in.

  • Feb 25: Surface Temperature
  • Mar 25: Engineered Bones
  • Apr 29: What is soil?


The South Dakota Discovery Center is a training partner for GLOBE. GLOBE is an international science and education project sponsored by NASA and NOAA dedicated to earth systems monitoring and research. GLOBE trained educators in South Dakota are eligible for mini-grants to purchase classroom supplies to support implementation. Become a GLOBE trained educator through online e-training or at an in person professional development opportunity.


The South Dakota Discovery Center will provide contact hour certificates if you participate in and reflect up a webinar from NASA, GLOBE, or CLEAN. 

Please visit our mini-site for more information.

National Geographic Educator Certification
The South Dakota Discover Center supports South Dakota educators pursuing their National Geographic Educator Certification.  Contact Anne for more information.


The SD Discovery Center offers professional development to formal and non-formal educators in science using proven, high quality, inquiry resources.

We offer:

  • Accredited Hybrid and in person workshops throughout the year in GLOBE, GEMS, the Leopold Education Project and Project WET that include Phase One training of the National Geographic Educator Certification. We can offer these learning opportunities at minimal cost to participants thanks to partnerships with the Space Grant Consortium and the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Many of these opportunities offer a stipend. Educators who are trained in GLOBE are eligible for implementation stipends as well as mini-grants to purchase supplies.
  • CEUs for online training  in GLOBE, Project WET (coming August 2018). We also offer contact hour certificates for those educators who participate in NASA webinars. Some opportunities may offer credits. Contact Anne for more information.
  • Mentoring and coaching for your science staff. Our specialty is empowering elementary and middle school educators to be confident STEM educators. Contact Kristie for more information.


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Thank you to the 
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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