A 3-day workshop for South Dakota Middle and High School Teachers

brComputational Astronomy

Inspire your students to learn more about mathematics and science!

June 3-5, 2019

GES 699 —
Computational Astronomy-2 for Math and Science Teachers

This three-day workshop will be held on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus. During the workshop, the math and science teacher participants will learn about math applications used in astronomy and space exploration, with the goal of being able to use that knowledge in their own classrooms. Through carefully selected materials, the workshop will emphasize the connections between mathematics and space science. Lesson plans will be provided in math, physical science, and biology.


  • Earn one graduate credit. 
  • Maximum of 10 participants for the workshop.
  • The tuition for the workshop ($40) is due by May 24th, to ensure a reserved seat for the workshop.
  • Lodging is provided, if needed, in SDSMT's dorms.
  • Each teacher-participant will receive a $200 stipend at the end of the workshop to cover tuition and lodging ($28/night).
  • Four teacher participants will be recruited to pilot modules from the workshop in their own classroom next fall. 

Topics include:

Kepler's Laws; International Space Station; Distances within the solar system and beyond; Computation of planetary masses; Black holes; Application to man-made satellites; Mathematical modeling applications; An evening of telescope sky observations (weather permitting).

Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of a Bachelor degree program and K-12 teaching experience in Math and Science. Basic college algebra, trigonometry and familiarity with Windows Excel. ED 699 not required as pre-requisite.

Acknowledgement: NASA - South Dakota Space Grant Consortium provided funding for this project. Read Press Release (coming soon)

for June 3 – 5, 2019!
This workshop is offered by SDSMT, on the Rapid City campus, in collaboration with Augustana University and South Dakota State University.

For more information

Dr. Donna Kliche
(605) 394-2471

Stay Tuned - There's More to Come This Fall

Educating the next generation of engineers and scientists begins with inspiring an early interest in math and science. SD Mines plans additional programming to help engage students in STEM activities. More information will be available as dates, times and programming is arranged.

Resources For Educators


Email newsletter for area math and science teachers.

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Weeklong science and engineering summer camps for high school students.


Annual Science & Engineering Fair for regional students, 6th-12th grade, held at SD Mines.


Regional mathematics contest for middle and high-school students, held at SD Mines.


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GO TO MINES Open House

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