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.

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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.

Pi Day Activities

It’s Pi Day! A day dedicated to the number 3.141592653589793238462643. Take time to celebrate with these pi-themed activities perfect for any day of the year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractions are a Piece of Cake: Explore fractions with paper plate pies and give kids a whole new way to view how to share equal pieces of circular foods. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race to Pi Card Game: This simple card game is a fun way to explore the numbers of pi for kids of all ages.

 

 

 

 

Creating Art with Pi: Celebrate the infinity of pi by creating pi art by using infinite number of different designs to fill the boxes.

Middle School Scavenger Hunt: Get your older kids moving and being creative with this printable pi scavenger hunt or create a simpler version for younger kids.

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