The  27th  Annual SDSTA - SDCTM Education Conference is  Thursday nite, February 7, 2019  -  Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019  in  Huron


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    For 1st year teacher scholorships to attend conference, or
    2nd - 5th year teacher scholorships to attend conference;
    use the link at left for Conference info. 


    Online Pre-Registration is now here


    Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant – 2017 winners

    Dan Swets Robotics Materials Award - 2017 winners



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

Science and math teachers at public, private, or tribal schools in South Dakota may now apply for the 12th annual “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 starting in November or December.  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 ten years.  Applications must be received by January 17, 2019




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: Thomas.Durkin@sdsmt.edu

Website: http://sd.spacegrant.org



·         Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award ($6,000) - NASA South Dakota Space Grant:

The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites applications for the 2019 (starting in November or December) “Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award”.  We anticipate providing $6,000 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.


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 12 years.  The 2019 Application and Instructions are downloadable at the following website (after November).  Applications must be received by January 17, 2019.



Tom Durkin


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 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching http://www.paemst.org

 Congrats to 2015 Secondary Winner
Jennifer Fowler—
Rapid City

2014 PAEMST State Elementary Winner 
Roby Johnson -
Aberdeen Holgate Middle School


Nominations will close for 7-12 teachers in May



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