Future Educators are Rising Stars!

Future South Dakota educators traveled to NASA’s Space Centers for advanced professional development opportunities this past summer. The educators were part of the Rising Star Educator Program, coordinated by the South Dakota Discovery Center and the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium.

One team of five future educators  from Rapid City (Loreli Lawrence),  Martin (Stormie Clifford-Riise and Sarah Clifford) and Eagle Butte (Bridget Dupris and Jerris Veaux-LeBeau) participated in the Minority University Research Education Project Educator Institute. This institute helps educators from Minority Serving Institutions make STEM teaching relevant and interesting to all students. The team  traveled to Johnson Space Center to learn how to use NASA resources in their classrooms. They participated in special challenges, toured the facilities and met with NASA engineers. (Read more.)

A second team of two, Lorelei Lawrence (Rapid City) of Ogalala Lakota College and Rachel Hartmann (Pierre) of Northern State University, was selected to visit Kennedy Space Center after participating in the Pre-Service Educator Eclipse Competition (PSEEC). Their unit explored solar eclipses from a scientific and cultural perspective. You can see their unit at the Montana Space Grant’s PSEEC Education page. (Read more.)

(left to right) Rachel Hartmann , Lorelei Lawrence and coach Tammy Jo Schlecter and mystery friend at Kennedy Space Center.