Teacher Resources

Helping You Bring Science to Students

See Sanford Research for resources designed to introduce science to your students.

We provide resources to teachers in several different ways:

  • PROMISE Educator Enrichment Workshops
  • Science Educator Research Fellowship
  • Project Lead the Way
  • PROMISE Community Lab programs for educators

Our Programs

Equipment Lending Library

Sanford Research believes every student should have access to the resources to pursue careers in science and research. As a result, Sanford PROMISE is committed to sharing over $40,000 of resources and supplies with schools.

Educators at academic institutions across the region have access to the technology housed in the Sanford PROMISE Community Lab at no charge.

Failure to return equipment on time, without damage, may result in removal of future lending opportunities.

All equipment must be reserved using the request form. First priority is always given to educators who have attended Sanford PROMISE educator workshops. All other equipment distribution is prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis after completion of the request form. Homeschool educators are welcome to request equipment from the lending library.

See activities and equipment available.

Benjamin Benson
Research Education Specialist
Email Ben
(605) 312-6421

Project Lead The Way

PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools.

As a non-profit organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities, and professionals.

Sanford Research partnered with PLTW in 2013 as a biomedical affiliate to promote STEM education across the Northern Plains.

PLTW’s programs include:

PROMISE Educator Enrichment Workshop

This program is designed to inform educators in the current practices and techniques used in biomedical sciences, and to connect regional educators to regional experts in biomedical science.

The free workshop will provide educators with specific problem based activities that support the learning of these skills and specific examples of hands-on application of techniques in current research laboratories. In addition, participants will interact and meet with a variety of scientists currently conducting biomedical research projects in children’s health, cancer, type 1 diabetes, and disease prevention research. At the culmination of the program, teachers will be given access to reagents and tools necessary for conducting the lessons in their classroom.

Special sessions of the PROMISE Educator Enrichment Workshop may be offered throughout the year to develop skills and techniques or in partnership with other programs from Sanford Research.

After attending the educator enrichment workshops, teachers may request assistance from the Sanford PROMISE team to ensure success with activities in their classrooms. Additionally, interactive video conferencing can be scheduled so a Sanford PROMISE team member or scientist can present the lesson with the teachers as facilitators in the classroom.

Participant selections are made on a rolling basis. Sanford PROMISE will select up to 18 participants with spaces available for new and returning attendees. Applicants must have a current teaching certificate. University of South Dakota graduate credits and South Dakota Continuing Education Units will be available. All registrants will be notified of their selection status.

Liz McMillan
Email Liz
(605) 312-6417

Science Educator Research Fellowship

The Science Educator Research Fellowship provides K-12 science teachers with training in health research with a focus on pediatric approaches. Participants conduct independent community-based or biomedical research under the supervision of a Sanford scientist in Sioux Falls, SD.

In addition to independent research, Fellows take part in a training program encompassing research methodology, developmental processes, environmental influences of pediatric disease, disease intervention strategies, scientist spotlights, and ethical conduct in research.

Fellows also receive inquiry-based instruction for application of biomedical research concepts and techniques. At the culmination of the program, Fellows will appreciate and understand health research approaches for meaningful translation into their classroom activities.

Funding Information
The Science Education Research Fellowship is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25HD072596. The content is solely the responsibility of the Project Leadership and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

See a previous syllabus.

Sanford Outreach
(605) 312-6590

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