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   Updated 03/19/2024 

Integrated STEM workshops for Grades 2-5

This summer there will be two Integrated STEM workshops for teachers of grades 2 through 5 from South Dakota districts. These workshops will allow teachers to experience integrated STEM activities as learners and then develop their own integrated STEM activities, with the help of content experts. The activities will be created using teachers' existing curricular materials, the SD Science and Math standards, the Science and Engineering Practices, and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Again, the teachers will have help from content experts and each other to create these activities to use in their classrooms this coming school year.

Teachers can earn two graduate credits at a reduced tuition rate of $40/credit hour. Room and board will be provided on campus for the week of the workshop. The SDSU workshop will be held June 10 – 14, 2024, and the BHSU workshop will be held from July 15 – 19, 2024.   We would love to have your district attend the workshop closest to you, but we are happy to try to accommodate you at either session. We encourage districts to help provide transportation to the workshop.

 Individual teachers or teams of teachers are encouraged to apply. The application link is below and a flyer is attached. Please share with others who may be interested but are not on the Dept of Ed Science and Math listservs.

Apply:    Download flier

This project is funded by the SD Department of Education and is a partnership between the SD Board of Regents, Black Hills State University, and South Dakota State University.

Ben Sayler
Professor, Physical Science & Mathematics Director, Center for the Advancement of Math & Science Education Black Hills State University

Sharon Vestal
Associate Professor, Mathematics & Statistics Director, NSF Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

Sharon Vestal
Associate Professor/Coordinator
Mathematics & Statistics

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering

Chicoine Architecture, Math & Engineering Building 291, Box 2225
Brookings, SD 57007

P: (605) 688-6225

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Summer “Research Experience for Teachers” (RET) awards is now open for applications for secondary teachers.
Program SummaryThe South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is accepting applications for 2024 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) summer fellowships. The program enables secondary teachers to enrich their knowledge of science and engineering practices by joining a research group at a South Dakota university or laboratory for the summer of 2024. Research has shown that teachers who participate in research experiences are able to provide an enriched classroom experience for their students in subsequent years.

Thomas V. Durkin, CPG
Deputy Director
South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
SD School of Mines & Technology|
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
 Phone: (605) 394-1975



 The first (Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant) is limited to schoolteachers only, whereas the second (Dan Swets Robotics Materials Award) is open to both schoolteachers and informal educators.  Applications are due by January 5, 2023.  Applicants will be notified of selection results by February 1, 2023, and winners will be recognized at the SD STEM Ed conference in Huron. 

·         Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant ($10,000 total for two awards):

For SD science and math teachers only - Science and math teachers at public, private, or tribal schools in South Dakota may now apply for the 17th annual (2023) “Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant” provided by the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium.  Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded to selected teachers.  The award seeks to improve STEM education in the state through the support of innovative programs in precollege education.  Preference will be given to applications focusing on topics pertaining to space science, earth science, and/or the use of geospatial technology.  Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2024.  Details at:

·         Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award ($13,000 total):

For SD science and math teachers and informal educators - The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites applications for the 12th annual (2023) “Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award” The award is open to South Dakota teachers/educators who either: A) have taken robotics training or plan to take robotics training and want to begin new robotics programs and teams, or B) have sustained robotics programs/curriculum in their classrooms or at their schools and are in need of additional support due to growth in the number of student participants or aging robotics materials.  Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2024.  Details at:

Thomas V. Durkin, CPG
Deputy Director
South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

 Phone: (605) 394-1975 Email: Website:


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Marian Fillbrandt SDCTM/SDSTA Conference Stipend
Marian Fillbrandt graduated from South Dakota State in 1933 with a Mathematics major. She spent many years teaching math and science. She established the Fillbrandt Endowment at South Dakota State to help South Dakota math and science teachers. A committee of faculty, along with Jeff Nelson with the SDSU Foundation, has determined that this endowment can be best utilized by providing $400 stipends to second through fifth year math and science teachers to attend the SDSTA/SDCTM conference. This will allow new teachers in rural areas to interact with their colleagues with similar professional interests.

The $400 stipend intends to defray the costs of conference registration, accommodations, a substitute teacher for the Friday of the conference if a district will not provide one, and other costs associated with conference attendance.

If you are selected for this stipend, you will be required to write a brief report at the end of the conference stating how the stipend benefited you and what you learned at the conference that you plan to use in your classroom. If you are selected, but are unable to attend for some reason, the stipend money will be returned to the endowment fund. The selection committee will take financial need into account during the selection process.

The application deadline is December 1st.  To apply, go to



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