Virtual Field Trips

Summer 2020


All the fun & wonder of the Discovery Center delivered safely
to the comfort of your home!

Investigating Artifacts: Making Masks, Creating Myths, Exploring Middens

Join a virtual expedition to find clues to uncover the truth behind a mysterious object found buried in the soil at a local playground. Participants will report to the dig site (Edmodo) and meet with the Excavation Directors to receive their “digging instruction”. Participants will earn a digital badge for each clue they uncover during the excavation of the dig site (there are 5 total). Participants will learn about the role of masks and myths in various cultures as they create their own through hands-on, fun activities. Participants will be actively introduced to ways archaeologists and anthropologists investigate the past as they excavate a virtual archeological site, classify artifacts, and use their imagination and reasoning to make inferences about their use. The virtual field trip is facilitated through Edmodo and Zoom over a span of about 2 hours.

Star Exploration: Mystical Mythologies

Join a virtual mission to explore and learn about the myth, the legend, the super constellation of the night sky, the Big Dipper. Participants will report to “Mission Control” (Edmodo) and join a live, remote meeting to be given instructions on how to complete 5 missions. Participants will earn digital mission patches and a certificate after completing the missions. The virtual field trip is bookended by two missions facilitated via Zoom, that require real time participation. The other missions are scheduled to be released to participants over the span of about two hours. These missions connect participants through posts within Edmodo.

$150 per day (for up to 100 students)
$75 per day for BankWest counties, thanks to the generous support of THE BANKWEST FOUNDATION

To request a Traveling Program please complete the form below at least two weeks in advance.

Traveling Programs

All the fun & wonder of the Discovery Center delivered to your school, out-of-school time program, or community event!

SD Discovery Center
Outreach Program Fees

$375 per day

plus $.42 per mile,

$26 per diem, and lodging

Our traveling programs are dynamic, interactive programs which introduce students to the fun of science while teaching core concepts.

Get your students revved up on science! Watch as they learn how much FUN science can be! Our presenters will inspire students with awesome science demonstrations in an interactive format. These outreach programs are aligned to state standards. They are specifically designed with your students’ educational needs in mind and in support of your efforts to encourage their love of science.

Year-Round Traveling Programs

Bubble Festival

Maximum: 30 students per session
Session: 6 per day
Grades: K-6
Cost: $100/60 minute session ($375 program pricing does not apply)

Based on the GEMS kit, this hands-on, inquiry based exploration of bubble science will develop questioning, observation and problem solving.

The Science of Flight

Maximum: 20 students per session
Session: 6 per day
Grades: 2-8
Cost: $100/60 minute session ($375 program pricing does not apply)

Special Note: Requires high ceilings and 2 adults/10 students

Students will love this active program. They’ll explore the science of flight by constructing and testing all sorts of flying objects. Testing, designing, recording designs alterations… Basic engineering skills are all part of this exciting program. It can be a great spark for science fair projects and Newton’s Law lessons. This program requires high ceilings and plenty of space for flight runs. This programs requires many extra hands. The school will need to line up volunteers at ratio of 2 adults/10 students.

Solids, Liquids, Gases

Maximum: 25 students
Sessions: 6 per day
Grades 2 – 5

Believe it or not, not everything boils at 100 degrees C and freezes at 0 degrees C. Experiment with what happens to balloons, rubber balls, hot dogs and flowers when they meet with liquid nitrogen and dry ice. Learning about the states of matter has never been so exciting.

Portable Planetarium

Maximum: 25 students (20 high school)
Sessions: 6 per day
Grades K and up


With the SD Discovery Center’s new digital planetarium, you will see an incredible view of the stars and planets! Observe beautiful images of the night sky, learn Greek constellation stories, and discover more about our galaxy. The new digital planetarium provides fun, reliable and flexible educational programs for school audiences, after school programs and summer camps.


The Lakota Nation has always looked to nature for its guidance. View the constellations as they see them. Learn how they used the constellations as maps, clocks, and for teaching life lessons to their children.

Phantom of the Universe

Join us on the hunt for dark matter and explore the deep science that happens a mile underground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Recommended for grades 5 and up.


ATTENTION ALL SCHOOLS in the following counties:

Hughes, Stanley, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Haakon, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, McCook, Pennington, Potter, Sully, Tripp, Todd, or Walworth Counties

You are eligible to receive1/2 off the price of SD Discovery Center Programs

There are no grants to write, no forms to fill out, no hoops to jump through, simply request a program through this form. This unique opportunity for you to bring exciting science demonstrations & workshops to your school is brought to you by THE BANKWEST FOUNDATION.

If you utilize this funding please write a thank you note and send to the following address:

Attn: Charles Burke III
420 S Pierre St.
Pierre, SD 57501


Upcoming events

  • 1 Sep 2020
    805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre SD 57501

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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