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DISTRICT 8:  North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska  

District Director: Julie Olson

Science teacher - Mitchell Senior High/Second Chance High  Adjunct Professor of Biology/Education at Dakota Wesleyan University and Northern State University

Mitchell School District 17-2 

 The University of South Dakota

News from District 8:

What's new in District 8?

    Which would melt faster?  A snowman with or without  

     a hat, scarf, and coat?   NGSS:

 What are some testable questions?  

What do you know already? Design and carry an experiment.  

Collect and analyze data.  

Conclusions based on evidence. 


South Dakota Science Teachers Association and South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Joint Conference - Feb. 8-10 at the Crossroads Convention Center, Huron, SD.

Attendee registration:  Click on the conference link on the left and scroll down.


Earthwatch Teach Earth Fellowship

Deadline Jan. 8 -

As a Teach Earth USA fellow, you'll join other K–12 teachers on an Earthwatch expedition and .develop your skills and understanding around environmental concerns by helping scientists collect data on climate change and sustainable resource management

South Dakota Space Grant Consortium summer Research Experience for Teachers RET:  

Summer 2018 “Research Experience for Teachers” (RET).  Feel free to post it on your SDSTA/SDCTM websites and forward to any full-time high school teachers of STEM-related subjects in South Dakota that may be interested.  The program provides$8,000 fellowship awards to two high school STEM teachers to participate in an 8-week research experience over summer 2018 under the mentorship of a university faculty or other professional researcher that works at an affiliate institution of the SD Space Grant Consortium     

RET 2018 Application & Instructions:



Student Competitions:

International Science and Engineering Fair


A web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

 The contest challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local communities.

Science Friday's Educator Collaborative - Deadline Jan. 7

Science Friday, a nonprofit organization and the producer of the public radio program Science Friday, is seeking experienced formal and informal educators to join its Educator Collaborative. As part of this paid, fully remote, short-term opportunity, educators will author and share engaging approaches to STEM education with a national audience and receive training on curriculum authoring and digital media skills.

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