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Sanford Research Launches Science Distance-Learning Website

Oct 01, 2020 09:07AM ● By MED Magazine

Sanford Research has launched its first science distance-learning website just in time for remote learning. Teachers, parents and families can now bring the Sanford PROMISE (Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration) Lab into their own classrooms and homes.

More than 9,000 visitors have stepped inside the PROMISE Lab in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where they participate in hands-on science activities and witness Sanford Research scientists in action.

The website was developed to reach students everywhere and inspire them to become future scientists and innovators. PROMISE is free for anyone to use and includes lesson plans, printable resources, educational slideshows and videos.

“When schools stopped visiting us in person because of the pandemic, we were already in development,” said Amy Baete, director of Sanford Children’s Health Initiative Operations. “Now we can offer out-of-the-classroom experiences virtually until we’re ready to welcome visitors again.”

Geared for K-12 students, they can explore careers, learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and see what’s happening at Sanford Research.

“My students have loved the PROMISE lessons,” said Kylie Szwarc, a fourth grade teacher in Sioux Falls. “They come away from them using vocabulary and a deeper understanding of topics than with previous lesson. Also, they are so excited about science after finishing these lessons.”