South Dakota Science Fairs
Providing K-12 STEM Experiences through Science Fairs
SD EPSCoR is strengthening its work with STEM education in K-12 classrooms in South Dakota’s rural and tribal schools by establishing a network among the state’s four regional science fairs and South Dakota Junior Academy of Science (SDJAS). The infrastructure investments that are being made will contribute to hands-on, inquiry-based problem-solving research experiences for students and provide them with an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.
A science fair research project is a cornerstone activity that helps students understand and apply the scientific method, develop their problem-solving skills, and serve as the basis for exploring STEM careers.
The goals of expanding the participation of South Dakota’s schools and their students in the state science fair program are to ensure there will be a strong STEM workforce. Science fairs build a pathway to STEM careers for South Dakota’s future leaders.
RESEARCH: An Essential Activity in STEM Education
2019 South Dakota Science Fairs:
Intel ISEF 2019
Phoenix Convention Center
May 12-17, 2019