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.

STEM Outreach Grants

$1,000 STEM K-12 OUTREACH GRANTS

 In coordination with Fisher Scientific, South Dakota Biotech will be awarding grants for K-12 STEM outreach efforts in South Dakota.

The grants are up to $1,000 per award administered annually.
Eligible applicants include but are not limited to, science or math teachers at a public, private, or tribal K-12 school in South Dakota, university faculty, and non-profit organizations interested in increasing their K-12 STEM outreach efforts.

These funds can be used toward a wide variety of outreach efforts, such as STEM scholarships, purchasing science kits, or funding needed for classroom visits, summer camps, etc.

Application Due Date: September 15, 2023

Awardees Notified: September 29, 2023

Learn more and APPLY HERE

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