Sanford PROMISE provides STEM education outreach for Sanford Research. We’re working to inspire the next generation of scientists, problem solvers, and thinkers. 

Our educational resources and programs include:

  • Teacher resources for the classroom: printables, slideshows, activities, and student lab notebooks.
  • Lesson plans aligned with national standards, complete with educational slideshows, videos, and hands-on activities.
  • Meet Our Scientists - watch online with your class or send us a request to meet virtually with one of our research scientists.
  • Career exploration opportunities - we have internships, research shadowing experiences, and more ways to connect with our research professionals.
  • Enrichment for students and educators - join our Teen Science Café, PROMISE Community Lecture, or professional development workshops.
  • On-site experiences are on hold right now, but we are excited to resume as soon as it's safe to do so. 


2021 Summer Camps for Middle School Students - registration is now closed and all camps are full. All camps will be hosted at Sanford Research, 2301 E. 60th Street North, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
Finding Your Roots: A Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camp | June 28 - July 2, 2021 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday - Friday)
Superhero Science! A Genetics and Anatomy Camp | Mini Camp | June 8-9, 2021 or July 20-21, 2021 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Flip Your Lid! Exploring the Human Brain | Mini Camp | July 13-14, 2021 or August 2-3, 2021 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Disclaimer: As the COVID-19 situation changes, we reserve the right to modify all class dates and camp sizes in an effort to prioritize the safety of all students and staff. All attendees will need to comply with safety precautions, including screening questions and wearing a mask.



We spark curiosity and instill problem-solving skills in younger kids – while making science fun.

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Middle School

Students will dive into the basics of scientific learning and examine the “whys” of our world.

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High School

At advanced levels, we help students apply scientific concepts and take charge of their learning.

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The Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE) was developed to connect communities in our region with cutting edge science and research. In 2010, Sanford Research created an outreach program to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences for K-12 students across South Dakota and neighboring states...

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Density: A Fundamental Principle Made Fun

Despite the significance of density in everyday life, students can struggle to understand what it is. Learn how to make density fun and easy for students.

Common Misconceptions in Life Science

Many students accept scientific misconceptions as truth, even though they’re inaccurate. Learn how to turn these faulty understandings into a teaching tool.

An Edisonian Twist on Failure

To Thomas Edison, getting the wrong answer didn't mean he failed. Learn how to take this approach in the classroom and help students learn from challenges.


Investigating Blood Sugar


In this lesson, students play the role of doctor as they try to diagnose a patient showing symptoms relating to diabetes. They will investigate how the body acts as a system, discover the ways that sugar affects viscosity and learn about the ways the body regulates sugar.

What is a Blind Spot and How to Find It?


A blind spot is a small area in the back of the eye where there are no rods and cones, making it insensitive to light. Find out how to measure your own blind spot and test your range of vision with this lesson and activities, then explore the connection to the Sanford Research and the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award.

Medical Ethics: Right, Wrong and the Space Between


Sanford Research uses an institutional review board (IRB). The purpose of this board to evaluate all human research proposals to make sure they follow the rules set out in the Belmont Report. The use of an IRB is crucial for research as we move into an age where research moves fast and human ethics are at the forefront of our concerns.