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Connecting Research to the Classroom

The SD EPSCoR Education Portal offers free curriculum enhancement resources for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers to help teachers implement inquiry based learning experiences and spark interest in K-12 students to pursue STEM careers.

For Educators                                                                                              

Curriculum Modules

The portal houses free curriculum modules for middle- and high-school
teachers that are based on scientific research occurring in South Dakota. All curriculum modules are aligned with the new South Dakota Science Standards.

STEM Teacher Leaders

The curriculum modules were developed by a team of South Dakota STEM teacher leaders and have been tested in their classrooms. The modules provide lesson plans, activities, multi-media content, and the opportunity for you and your students to connect to the research scientists, companies, or organizations who are doing this work for in-person or virtual visits.

We are always looking for teacher leaders to join our development team. If you are interested, please contact Rhea Waldman.

Would you like to add a module to the Education Portal?
Click here to submit your lesson plan.

For Scientists

SD EPSCoR and the SD Discovery Center have teamed up to increase
scientist-and-public engagement and encourage more students to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career paths.

We create curriculum modules with connection possibilities for middle- and high-school teachers based on your research. 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. Take the first step by filling out an online form about your research here.

The SD Discovery Center offers Science Communication Workshops based on the NSF-funded Portal to the Public approach, that connects scientists with the public via informal science institutions. For more information and to apply for the next Science Communication Fellowship, click here.

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