TMC To Go: Building Great Structures

TMC To Go Activity: Building Great Structures

Over thousands of years humans have created great structures. From pyramids to suspension bridges, engineering of these structures evolved over time and took countless attempts of trial and error, skill, physical effort and the application of STEM concepts. All great structures have one thing in common, they started with an idea, a dream and a purpose, whether to solve a problem like getting cars across a river or paying homage to a Pharoh by building elaborate tombs inside of towering pyramids…every great structure starts with an idea. Put on your thinking caps and build your own great structures! These age-appropriate activities provide additional resources and extensions to expand learning, encourage creative thinking and create active conversations. The fun starts here! Click HERE to access the activity guide.

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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.