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.

Training and Professional Development – April











Click2Engineering’s Including All Learners in Engineering

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 Noon-1:00 pm ET; 9:00 am-10:00 am PST

In a highly competitive world, how do we create program spaces that help young people feel like engineering is a discipline in which they can succeed and thrive? Join this virtual workshop to develop strategies for creating engineering experiences that are engaging for all youth. Dive into what makes an engineering activity open and inclusive. Experience hands-on engineering and come away with ideas you can put into practice. REGISTER HERE

ACRES Coaching: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Wednesdays: 5/8, 5/22, 6/5/2024 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST / 11:00 – 1:00 pm PST

Questions begin a path toward discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. REGISTER HERE Code: AC362PQ (Coach Hannah L)

ACRES Coaching: Nurturing STEM Identity and Making Career Connections 

Mondays: 5/6, 5/20, 6/3/2024 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST / 3:00 – 5:00 pm PST

How do you help youth recognize their connection to and role in STEM? How do you help youth learn about STEM careers? Participants experience several easy-to-implement strategies, including a photo elicitation activity that can help youth form STEM identities, and then learn how to conduct related activities with youth. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. REGISTER HERE Code: AC331ID (Coach Emma C)


Info Session about Micro-credentials and Digital Badging

Wednesday, May 8th 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST / 10:00 – 11:00 am PST

ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length.  You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them. PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM, choose the date that works best for you, and we’ll reach out to you with the Zoom link. FMI contact (Note: It isn’t necessary to attend more than one informational session as the content is consistent.)


Teens Lead in Computer Science

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 Noon-1:00 pm ET; 9:00 am-10:00 am PST

Teens can develop a wide variety of interests and skills, including leadership by working or volunteering in out-of-school time computer science programs. Learn more about how teen leaders use their skills to lead computer science experiences and build meaningful relationships and help young people see themselves as computer scientists. Teen leaders are essential components of many 4-H programs across the US. Join this virtual workshop to learn more about how the 4-H experiential learning model helps young people grow and develop through these experiences.  This approach develops leadership and prepares young people to be the leaders, innovators and problem-solvers of our future. REGISTER HERE


Activities & Resources for Programs – May

Activities & Resources for Programs – May

Activities Activity (engineering):  How Does a Wind Meter Work? | Science Project ( On a windy day it is hard to keep your hat on! The power of the wind can even be strong enough to power large wind turbines to make electricity! In this experiment,...

Training and Professional Development – May

Training and Professional Development – May

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES   WEBINARS Teen Science Cafe Fellows- 2024-2025 Information Session May 23rd 4:30-5:30pm ET/ 1:30-2:30pm PT The Teen Science Cafe (TSC) Fellows initiative is a ten-month training program designed to help informal educators implement Teen...

Project Brainy

Project Brainy

Project Brainy Project Brainy is a six-session neuroscience-based curriculum designed for out of school time (OST) programs. The curriculum enables middle-school students to build social-emotional skills, engage in interactive STEM learning and increase literacy....