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Article by: Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Andes Central science teacher Kristen Maynard will no longer need to cover science fair expenses with her own money. Meanwhile, Avon science teacher Paul Kuhlman can buy additional equipment without going to his school board or seeking donations. And Elk Point-Jefferson science teachers Karlene Stabe and Melanie Norris can purchase items allowing students to perform experiments not now possible. The three school districts can upgrade their science departments after winning more than a combined $12,000 through the SD EPSCoR and Fisher Science High School Lab Make-Over Awards. Andes Central and Elk Point-Jefferson each received…

SD EPSCoR and The Division of Career and Technical Education are now accepting grant applications!  SD EPSCoR – Education /Workforce Development is looking for innovators in the area of CTE that would like to create, improve, or innovate a program that allows students to explore STEM related disciplines.  At least $170,000 will be granted to schools this December.  Grant awards will cap at $30,000 each.  Please read on to learn more and find out how you can apply! What is EPSCoR?   The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research was established by the National Science Foundation to strengthen research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

Excerpt from the ARGUS LEADER – Four South Dakota colleges received grants for research to help further economic development in the state. The South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday that a total of $712,000 was distributed between four schools. Dakota State University received $191,600 for an unclassified research lab to develop and strengthen the college’s relationship with the National Security Agency. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology received $200,000 for projects to strengthen the school’s research infrastructure, including advancing research at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. South Dakota State University received $200,000 to support collaboration with Sanford Health, specifically on Sanford’s…

On February 26, 2016, twenty American Indian students and chapter advisors from five of the state university’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapters came together as part of SD EPSCoR diversity efforts to strategize ways to increase the retention and graduation of American Indian students.  This one day session focused on key obstacles that American Indian students face when they enter college.  The group as a whole shared successes that they have had in an effort to put forth a list of recommendations that can be adopted by all South Dakota universities and colleges.

Faculty members at Dakota State University participated in computer science education in their community by supporting an outreach program called “Hour of Code” December 7-8. The Hour of Code event is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. It is run by Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding computer science. Jennifer Nash and Rob Honomichl participated in the two-day event at Madison Elementary School (MES). They attended multiple classes to talk about the possibilities of careers in computer science and assisted students if they needed help. Nash, who is…

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