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 – February


Child & Family Resource Network On-Demand Training

Access a variety of on-demand style training from the Child & Family Resource Network. From Child Care Orientation to Ongoing Health & Safety Training, staff have quick and easy access to the tools necessary to fulfill requirements and support youth.

Learn more here.


Tech Talk Tuesday – Celebrating Black History Month 

Join STEM Professionals – from analysts to business transformation managers – on February 27th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET for a conversation about STEM careers. Programs, classrooms, and students can tune into a live conversation with professionals working globally at Verizon. Register here.

*It is highly recommended that students have their own device OR are paired 2-4 students per device. This will help with live Q&A

Uplift Careers in Genomics with Free DNA Kits and Live Career Chats 

Last year, the Moonshot celebrated DNA Day and exposed hundreds of students to possible careers in genomics with Illumina. Are you interested in resources and activities to engage students in learning more about genomics and DNA in 2024? Complete this brief form. 


Surprisingly STEM Monthly Career Exploration

Surprisingly STEM is a video series that highlights exciting and unexpected careers at NASA. Each episode highlights a member of NASA’s workforce, focusing on their unique job and how their personal journey led them to that career. Surprisingly STEM includes: A monthly release of new pre-recorded 5-minute career episode; Associated STEAM Activities; and Monthly Live Session with NASA expert to answer student questions.

The latest episode is out! Learn more about Space Food Scientists and register for a live Q&A on March 1 at 3:00 PM ET. 



Trainings for February 2024 

Click2Engineering: Asking Purposeful Questions Coaching

2/1; 2/15; 3/7 from 12:00 – 2:00pm EST / 9:00 – 11:00am PST

Click2Engineering is offering an ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) training on Asking Purposeful Questions in February and March 2024. ACRES supports educators who engage youth in STEM learning experiences. This training is fully virtual and FREE with the goal of moving the needle on your skills to facilitate quality STEM experiences regardless of the age of youth you serve. We keep things casual but ask you to engage in your learning – this is NOT a series of passive webinars but a three-step interactive professional learning series to build your skills, network, and apply your learning in an immediate way to your work environment. Space is limited. Register here. 

Click2ComputerScience: Building Strong Teen Leaders 

February 14th 12:00 – 1:30pm EST / 9:00 – 10:30am PST

Prepare yourself to support the growth and development of young staff members and teen volunteers. This workshop will provide resources, strategies, and ideas from the Click2ComputerScience team and an engaging discussion with colleagues. REGISTER HERE

ACRES Coaching: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Wednesdays: 2/28, 3/13, 4/3/2024 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST / 10:00 – 12:00 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: AC347PQ (Coach Becky T)


Training and Professional Development – June

Training and Professional Development – June

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES   WEBINARS Asking Purposeful Questions- Evening Cohort Mondays: 6/10, 6/17, and 6/24 at 6PM- 8PM EST / 3PM - 5PM PST Questions begin a path toward discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their...

Activities & Resources for Programs – June

Activities & Resources for Programs – June

Activities Interactive online resource: Surfers Against Sewage Virtual Tour | Explore in 360° ( Videos and interactive activities to teach about conservation.  After learning about them, students have the opportunity to protect the resources....

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,...