In an effort to encourage more students to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career paths, SD EPSCoR sponsors a web-based project to provide free curriculum enhancement resources, content and support for teachers based on scientific research occurring in South Dakota’s higher education institutions. By providing these resources, SD EPSCoR’s goal is to enrich classroom learning experiences, increase “hands-on” research and research-like opportunities to spark interest in K-12 students to pursue STEM careers. SD EPSCoR and SD Discovery Center have teamed up to develop curriculum modules with local scientists based on their research expertise. Content will be housed in a new online “Education Portal” database. This free resource will allow teachers to access curriculum enriching materials on different topics that are aligned with the SD Next Generation Science Standards to make STEM more accessible to students.
SD EPSCoR is looking for SD scientists that are willing to share their research expertise. Join our efforts and help us feature your research as a lesson module in SD schools, connect with local students (in person or virtually) to talk about your work and what it is like to be a scientist in South Dakota. Simply fill out the following “Scientist Questionnaire” and we will create a lesson plan and include you in our “Education Portal” database.