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NASA 2019 Liftoff Summer Institute June 23-28, 2019 (info)

Updated 07/20/2020

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Please note that the two NASA grant awards described below are now open for applications.  The first (the Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant) is limited to school teachers only, whereas the second (the Dan Swets Robotics Materials Award) is open to both school teachers and informal educators.  Winners will be announced at the February 7-9, 2019 joint conference of the SD Science and Math Teachers in Huron, SD.  If you have any questions, please let me know.


·         Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant ($5,000):

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 13th annual (2019) “Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant” provided by the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium.  This $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a select science or math teacher of U.S. citizenship in South Dakota.  The award seeks to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the state through the support of innovative programs in pre-college education. The application announcement for the 2019 grant is available at the following website.  Preference will be given to applications focusing on topics pertaining to space science, earth science, and/or the use of geospatial technology, and to applicants who have not won this award in the past 12 years.  Applications must be received by January 10, 2019.


·         Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award ($9,000) - NASA South Dakota Space Grant:

For SD science and math teachers and informal educators - The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites applications for the 2019 “Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award” We anticipate providing $9,000 in award funding under this call-for-applications.  This funding is open to South Dakota teachers and informal educators of U.S. citizenship who either have: A) 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 that are in need of additional support due to growth in the number of student participants or aging robotics materials.  Preference will be given to: 1) applications that would start new robotics programs and teams (e.g., at a school that didn’t have one before), as opposed to augmenting existing robotics programs, 2) robotics programs at the Middle School level, and 3) applications from teachers/educators who have not won any prior robotics or other teacher awards provided by SD Space Grant in the past 13 years.  The 2019 Application and Instructions are downloadable at the following website.  Applications must be received by January 10, 2019.


Best regards,  

Tom Durkin


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




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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