Happy 2014 from Sanford Underground Research Facility.
First, a reminder to those teaching high school seniors, the Davis-Bahcall Scholars program gives ten-twelve South Dakota students interested in STEM careers an opportunity to explore science and engineering research through a five-week summer travel program. This all-expense paid program is supported by 3M Corporation and the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. Students spend two weeks at Sanford Lab in Lead, then travel to visit labs and facilities in the Midwest and in Italy. Applications are due January 15; information and forms are on the Scholarship page at the South Dakota Department of Education. Students must be 18 years by June 15th to apply.
Before they are announced to the broader community, I would like to give you a heads-up on some upcoming events we will be sponsoring for educators in 2014:
The North Dakota/South Dakota STEM Series Initiative will be piloting videoconferences for middle and high school classrooms the first week in April. The topics will be Scanning Electron Microscopy, GIS/LandSat Imaging, and Dark Matter. Three teachers from each state will be chosen to participate in each videoconference with their class. Participating teachers will be asked to attend a orientation session at one of the state science teachers meetings in February and to do some preparatory activities with their class. A flyer about this pilot program will be out in the next few days.
The Sanford Underground Research Facility will be offering week-long educator workshops this summer to provide an introduction to underground science and engineering and the education programs offered by the Sanford Lab Education and Outreach Department. We will be soliciting applications from teams of science and math teachers from a school. Tentatively, we have scheduled June 22-27 for elementary and middle school teams, and July 20-25 for middle and high school teams. Flyers will be out in early February.
Dep. Director of Education and Outreach
Sanford Underground Research Facility/BHSU