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Resources for educators

Leveraging research being conducted underground at Sanford Lab, we provide training, teaching tools and materials for teachers so they can inspire and challenge students.
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Curriculum Modules

Sanford Lab's innovative curriculum units highlight the science of Sanford Lab and are designed to inspire and challenge every student, from kindergarten through high school.

Field Trips

Field trip opportunities for K-12 classrooms

Assembly Programs

Bring the Sanford Underground Research Facility into your school or classroom!

Education and Outreach Directory

More about the E&O team and what we do.
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Education impact

Sanford Lab's education team uses hands-on learning and 3-Dimensional instruction to transform teaching and learning in K-12 STEM classes.
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Sanford Science Education Center

Education and outreach have been central to the Sanford Lab vision from the outset. Sanford Science Education Center helps share the exciting science taking place nearly a mile underground.

The Education and Outreach program is a collaborative venture between Sanford Underground Research Facility and Black Hills State University. Our goal is to use the excitement and promise of deep underground science and engineering to inspire and engage students, educators and the wider community through a variety of programming.

The Education and Outreach program supports educators to enhance their students’ 21st Century STEM skills, as well as inspiring students to consider STEM careers. 

  • Professional development. STEM workshops, for both elementary and secondary educators.
  • Enrichment Opportunities. Programs for K-12 students include: visits to Sanford Lab, programs at schools, and videoconferences with scientists.
  • Curriculum Modules. Units were developed in collaboration with educators across the state to introduce students to STEM content related to Sanford Lab. Education and Outreach staff are interested in partnering with educators to develop additional resources and materials.