The Education and Outreach (E&O) Department at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Homestake seeks to use the excitement and promise of deep underground science and engineering to inspire and prepare students, educators and an informed citizenry through a variety of programming, including:
- Surface tours, workshops and presentations onsite at Sanford Lab for school field trips, summer camps, afterschool programs and community groups
- Workshops and presentations at schools and communities around the region (and further, utilizing videoconferencing technology)
- Undergraduate and high school research internship and teacher-in-residence programs, as well as summer enrichment programs for STEM students
- Professional development workshops for inservice teachers and, in collaboration with Black Hills State University, preparation of new science teachers
- Public outreach events, such as the annual Neutrino Day Science Festival at Sanford Lab and a Communicating Science through the Arts program
The E&O Department is committed to increasing the number of students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, especially students who belong to groups historically under-represented in those fields. Sanford Lab pilot programs already are reaching out to American Indian students on reservations in the region, and providing afterschool programming to interest girls in STEM careers. The E&O Department works closely with the SURF Cultural Coordinator, KC Russell.
The newly renovated Yates Education Building on the Sanford Lab site in Lead provides facilities for groups of all sizes and offices for the Education and Communications Departments, and helps foster connections between scientists and students, educators and the general public. Current programs serve as prototypes for the planned Sanford Center for Science Education (SCSE), to be built in the future on the Lead campus.