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

  • Summer camps for middle school and high school aged students. Email for more information.

  • Summer professional development for teachers K-12.

  • Immersive experiences in the PROMISE lab, located inside Sanford Research and visits from the PROMISE educators to your classroom. Sign up required.

  • Equipping teachers with authentic science equipment through an Equipment Lending Library.

  • Sanford PROMISE Scholars- a 10-week research internship in summer 2023. Applications live October 17th, 2022.



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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3 Misconceptions About Science

Have you ever felt frustrated trying to understand what scientists agree on? Are fats healthy or to be avoided? Is coffee good for me or bad? There seems to be conflicting information on the news about “what the science says.” Science and research are often intimidating and daunting topics to understand. Additionally, the ever-evolving nature of research can be frustrating to keep up with. Think of science as a living, growing organism. Every day it changes and grows as it gains more experience. We hope that next time you hear a news story about the latest science phenomena, you think about these common misconceptions:

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PROMISE summer camp: A camper perspective

Sanford PROMISE offers summer camp experiences for teens that provides them with hands-on experience in a biomedical research lab setting. These day- camps allow students to dive deep into a science topic such as genetics, anatomy, and engineering. We talked to a student who has attended multiple PROMISE camps to learn about her experience. Mazzi Moore is a freshman at Brandon Valley High School in Brandon, SD. She was in 6th grade when she attended her first PROMISE camp.

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Top 5 Interactive Life Science Websites

This one is for the science teachers. Whether you are exhausted, need a good sub plan, or want to try something different, an interactive lesson is a great way to engage students. Here are a few of the PROMISE team’s favorite interactive life science websites and why we love them.


Introduction to Bioinformatics: Viral Proteins


The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes COVID-19. In clinics and labs around the world, people are trying to understand how it works. Students will follow a case study and use a computer database to study the genetic sequence of a novel virus.

From DNA to Protein


Genetic disorders are traced back to DNA mutations. There any many types of mutations that lead to issues during cell protein creation. In this lesson, students will learn how DNA can affect proteins, discover the effects of a gene mutation, and learn about gene therapy as a treatment option.



Scientists need to be able to measure matter with different tools. Density is used to measure all forms of matter. With an understanding of density, students will have another tool to describe matter in their toolbelt.