In Person and Hybrid Professional Learning Opportunities

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 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 3 hour online GLOBE training session by the beginning of December. You may opt to attend a mix and match of sessions for a 2 hour contact hour certificate for each session. Session topics to be announced by mid September. Sign up for individual sessions will open then..

From Here to the Sea

Nov 30 4:30 - 8:30 PM
Dec 1: 8:30 - 4:30
South Dakota Discovery Center

Grades 4-8
One credit
$15 nonmembers, $10 members 
(credit extra)

Stipend offered.

Sign up at: From Here to the Sea

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

Use phenomena to anchor how we here in the middle of the country are connected to the ocean. We will explore both how we impact the ocean and the ocean impacts us. Learn about water quality, ocean currents, weather and more!

 Engage your students in real world, hands-on science. Stipend provided upon completion of 3 hour online GLOBE training (can be done ahead of time).

Bonus #1! Get additional content from National Geographic and learn how to become a National Geographic Certified Educator.

Bonus #2! Get the award winning Project WET Guide 2.0


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.


Upcoming events

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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