STEM Teaching Kit Library

Our STEM Teaching Kits make it easier for you to integrate hands-on learning into your teaching by gathering the materials for you. Every kits comes complete with the lesson plans and all the non-consumable materials you will need. These hands-on kits provide the opportunity for your students to not just learn about but actually DO science.

You can borrow our kits for $50 for a 1 month rental period. The rental fee is waived for teacher members. Family Festival kits are $300 for a 2 week rental A $15 restocking fee is charged on all loans. .

Please allow at least one week between submitting the request form and the desired start date, plus 3 days shipping if applicable. Borrowers are responsible for transport and shipping costs.


Most of our STEM Teaching Kits are from the GEMS program. Through an affiliation with the GEMS program from the Lawrence Hall of Science public science education center at the University of California Berkeley, the SD Discovery Center has expanded its ability to equip teachers with effective, high quality training and kits. The kits provide all the materials for students to investigate science (biology, earth science, chemistry) and math (probability, geometry, multicultural arithmetic) with inquiry based, hands-on activities. Check our professional development page for upcoming GEMS workshops or contact Anne to arrange a training.

We love the kit loaning model so much, we have other kits to loan! See the list below or download a list on an Excel sheet.

Family Festivals

We offer a set of kits to provide a full festival for a Family Science Night. $300 for a two week rental.

  • Build It Festival  (coming soon)
  • Family Water Festival. A 14 station, all inclusive Family Science Night. See the Coordinator's Guide for more information.

Kit Rental

    1. To check kit availability, see the GEMS Calendar.
    2. To request a kit, complete this form:
    3. Fill out the post-use evaluation form here.

STEM Kit List


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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