Education

Beyond Backpacks: 6,000 Backpacks Going To Children In Need

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s almost back to school, and with it comes a list of school supplies that just seems to get longer every year. However, not every family can afford the price tag that comes with brand new backpacks. Now, student-athletes, retirees, and friendly neighbors are lining up to help. It’s a busy Friday here at the Banquet….

Tax Free Shopping Weekend in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday is wrapping up as people across the state – and plenty from neighboring states like Nebraska and Missouri – scramble to get their back-to-school shopping done. The holiday is held the first Friday and Saturday in August, and exempts sales tax on clothing and footwear items priced under $100. The…

Out Of This World: SDSU Students Hope To Send Projects to Space

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University engineering students have dreams that are out of this world. Students are working on not one but two NASA-related projects with the potential for a place in space. Assistant professor Todd Letcher loves when his students succeed. “That is the best day,” said Letcher. “Those are the days – it’s like that’s why…

University of Iowa offers lease gap housing to students

.IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa has launched a new program that offers temporary housing for students who have lease gaps. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the university’s lease-gap program provides students with rooms at a rate of $35 per night from July 20 to Aug. 4. Forty students are currently living at Burge Hall through…

“It does start adding up quite a bit” – Teachers Sell and Swap School Supplies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a Federal Department of Education survey, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies without reimbursement. This means many teachers are spread thin. Tonight, teachers in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are teaming up to cut costs. “You gotta keep up with the times,” said one teacher. Teachers are meeting…

CyberPatriot Boot Camp Offers Students a Crash Course on Cyber Security

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Learning about computers is like learning a new language.  Think of it like Morse Code, except students are communicating with their computers to secure their programs. “We’ve kind of taken a crash course on cyber security and mostly defense of a computer system,” said camper Aidan Sanchez. The First CyberPatriot Camp took place at the C.T.T…

School Zone: CyberPatriot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Cyber security and monitoring who’s monitoring you is a growing concern throughout the nation and the world. This week CyberPatriot, a camp through Code Boot Camp held at the CTE Academy in Sioux Falls, teach students in 9th through 12th grade cyber security principals through fun, hands on experiences. The camp teaches students different aspects each and every day….

High School “Endorsements” May Help Prepare Students For Tech School

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There’s some new requirements to graduate from South Dakota high schools that could impact your child’s future. The state decided yesterday that high schools will start giving out what they call “endorsements” in addition to high school diplomas. These endorsements are labels for what the student has chosen to focus on. The  “advanced career” endorsement may…

South Dakota To Offer “Endorsement” Option to High School Graduates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There’s some new requirements to graduate from high school that could offer your student more flexibility. High schools will start giving out what they call “endorsements” in addition to a high school diploma. Pursuing these endorsements are encouraged, not required. These endorsements are labels for what the student has chosen to focus on. For example, a…

Superintendent Addresses Sioux Falls School District’s Future at Rotary Club

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District is facing what officials are calling a good problem. Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher addressed the Rotary Club on Monday about growing school enrollment. The downside is they are running out of space for students. The District predicts that in five years school enrollment will increase to about thirty-four thousand students. Which…

School Zone: SDSU Performance Art Center

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The performing arts program at SDSU is getting a makeover in the form of a brand new, state of the art performance center. Construction is underway for the new performance art center, with an opening date set for January of 2019. While many with the university say that the program is already strong, the new facility will…

Regents OK naming precision ag project for Raven Industries

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Officials have approved naming a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University after a company that donated $5 million for the project. The South Dakota Board of Regents voted Wednesday to grant SDSU’s request to name the facility the Raven Precision Agriculture Center in recognition of the gift from Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries….

Regents could name precision ag project for Raven Industries

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Officials are set to debate naming a major new precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University after a company that donated $5 million for the project. The South Dakota Board of Regents is scheduled Wednesday to discuss naming the facility the Raven Precision Agriculture Center to recognize the gift from Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries. State…