The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.

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DiscoverE Engineers Week – Reimagining the Possible!

February 21, 2022

Most kids don’t know any engineers or technicians. And they don’t really know what engineers do. This leads to interesting assumptions—like engineers sit in a cubicle doing math problems all day. Whether you meet with students in-person or virtually, you can spark their interest by talking to them about engineering, doing STEM activities, and sharing your story.

During Engineers Week or anytime during the year, we invite you to:

Learn more on how you can help a student build their STEM identity.

What can you do?

Engineers Week is a time to recognize the critical work of engineers, technicians, and technologists.

  • Join us on social media #Eweek2022 #WhatEngineersDo
    • Post photos of your team, engineering projects, and even selfies!
    • Share a message about engineering’s vital role in innovating solutions to global challenges, the value of engineers, or engaging students in engineering.
  • Host an Engineers Week event.
    • It can be as simple as coffee or lunch with a few colleagues to hosting an organization wide celebration.
    • Recognize individuals to honor their achievements – in person, online, or by nominating them for an award.
    • Invite an inspiring speaker to deliver a virtual or live talk during Engineers Week.
    • Post pictures #Eweek2022   #WhatEngineersDo
  • Advocate for the field.
    • Ask your mayor, governor, or congressional representative to issue a proclamation recognizing the contributions of engineers.
    • Work with your corporation, society, or college communications team to post a message from leadership.
  • Tell a friend.
    • Do your colleagues, friends, and family know about Engineers Week and what your plans are for celebrating? Tell them and let them join in the fun.

Sunday, February 20: #Eweek2022 Kick Off
Monday, February 21: Launch of #WhatEngineersDo campaign
Wednesday, February 23: Persist Series: From Surviving to Thriving
Thursday, February 24: Celebrate #GirlDay2022 + Chats with Change Makers 
Saturday, February 26: Last Day of #Eweek2022
Friday, March 4: Celebrate #WorldEngineeringDay