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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…

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…

A child is an inquisitive being by nature. As soon as kids start talking, they ask questions. Questions like “Mom, why is the grass green?” and “Dad, how do birds fly?” are part of that inquisitive nature. Parents and caregivers are constantly bombarded with questions about nature, technology, physics, and even chemistry. All these scientific inquiries are important for developing a love of scientific learning at an early age. Along with being curious, kids are also very opinionated. You know when they don’t enjoy something because they tell you. Children learn to either love or despise science early on. One bad experience…

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…