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Resources for educators

Leveraging research being conducted underground at SURF, we provide training, teaching tools and materials for teachers so they can inspire and challenge students.
Kids examining science materials

Curriculum Modules

Borrow a curriculum module. Each unit highlights the science at SURF and is designed to inspire and challenge every student, from kindergarten through high school.

Field Trips

Learning beyond the classroom. Bring your students to SURF where they can experience STEM principles in action.

School Presentations

Bring the Sanford Underground Research Facility into your school or classroom. We have active presentation options for students in grades K-12.

Professional Development

SURF's professional development workshops leverage tested teaching techniques and innovative science to transform the teaching of K-12 science in South Dakota

Education and Outreach Directory

Contact information for the E&O staff is at the bottom of the page.
Students work on E&O curriculum unit.

Education Impact

SURF's education team uses hands- and minds-on learning and 3-dimensional instruction to transform teaching and learning in K-12 STEM education.
Students walk in front of the Sanford Science Education Center. Black Hills State University

Sanford Science Education Center

Education and outreach have been central to SURF's 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. 


Education and Outreach at Sanford Lab from Sanford Lab on Vimeo.