Green Chemistry Outreach Program

The Green Chemistry Outreach program, created by Dr. Tsvetanka Filipova, is designed to promote excitement and an appreciation for both science and higher education for middle school and high school student audiences as well as to provide educational and professional development resources for science teachers from South Dakota.

For Middle School and High School Students

Request a visit to your school -- or -- bring your students to the SD Mines campus!

  • Workshops provide a dynamic learning environment and present science education in 21st century contexts
  • The standard visit consists of a 10-15 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session, and learning activities.
  • Middle school or high school students perform 1-2 hands-on experiments in order to accommodate 1-2 class periods.
  • Stimulates students' interest in chemistry, and demonstrates the relevance of chemistry in everyday life
  • Encourages students to consider pursuing careers in science
  • Provides an environment that allows students to be comfortable and able to learn, while helping them to understand the opportunities that will be open to them with an SD Mines education
  • With on-campus visits, students and science teachers from Rapid City area and Pine Ridge reservation are given a rare chance to perform learning activities in real laboratories -- mentored by undergraduate students.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Filipova by email or phone 605.390.0759 (cell)

At your location or ours, these learning activities are designed to raise the student’s levels of motivation, to improve critical thinking skills, literacy, research activities, use of models and teamwork. They take the learning experience to the next level and show chemistry in a familiar and understandable framework. Students also gain confidence through the activities and improve the ability to express themselves. Learning activities are powerful tools to develop ideas, concepts and understanding.

The learning activities highlight the South Dakota Common Core Standards, and include three dimensions from “A Framework for K–12 Science Education”, established as a guide for the updated National Science Education Standards:

  • Dimension 1: Scientific and Engineering Practices,
  • Dimension 2: Crosscutting Concepts
  • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas – Physical Sciences

For Teachers and Educators

Teacher Professional Development Workshop - July 10-15, 2016

The professional development workshop “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Education 2016” is structured as an active learning environment that will empower teachers to bring chemistry and engineering alive to students, stressing the satisfaction with compelling questions and the joy of discovery. More Information

Green Chemistry Summer Camp


Green Chemistry:  Let's Treat The Earth With Respect.

July 9-14, 2017 at the SD Mines Campus. This week-long summer program offers a perfect combination of innovative hands-on curriculum and fun! The camp is designed to provide an opportunity for talented high school students to experience science in action.