PROMISE Educator Enrichment Workshop

This program is designed to inform educators in the current practices and techniques utilized in biomedical sciences, and to connect regional educators to regional experts in biomedical science. The free workshop will provide educators with specific problem based activities that support the learning of these skills and specific examples of hands-on application of techniques in current research laboratories. In addition, participants will interact and meet with a variety of scientists currently conducting biomedical research projects in Children’s Health, Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes, and Disease Prevention Research.  At the culmination of the program, teachers will be given access to reagents and tools necessary for conducting the lessons in their classroom. 
Special sessions of the Educator Enrichment Workshop may be offered throughout the year to develop skills and techniques or in partnership with other programs from Sanford Research.
After attending the Educator Enrichment workshops, teachers may request assistance from the Sanford PROMISE team to ensure success with activities in their classrooms. Additionally, Interactive Video Conferencing can be scheduled so a Sanford PROMISE team member or scientist can present the lesson with the teachers as facilitators in the classroom. 
One session will be held this year for the 2015 Biomedical Educator Enrichment workshop which will take place at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Selections are made on a rolling basis. Sanford PROMISE will select up to 18 participants with spaces available for new and returning attendees. Applicants must have a current teaching certificate. University of South Dakota graduate credits and South Dakota Continuing Education Units will be available. All registrants will be notified of their selection status. 
Upcoming sessions include:
Biomedical Techniques: GENETIC ORIGINS (Grades 6-12)
July 23 and 24, 2018
Learn about the current practices and techniques utilized in iomedical sciences including DNA elcetrophoresis, genetic sequencing, and bioinformatics.

If you have additional questions, please contact Liz McMillan by email or at (605) 312-6417.

Equipment Requests:

Please email Sanford PROMISE if you would like to request equipment.

Previous Sessions: 

July 20 and 21, 2015
Diagnosing Disease (Grades 6-10)
Investigate a series of classroom tested methods utilized to diagnose and predict inheritance of genetic disease.  
July 23 and 24, 2015
Elementary Inquires (Grades K-6)
Discover fun, meaningful standards based life science projects for next year; including incorporation of classroom “critters”. 
July 28-30, 2015
Personal Genetics (Grades 9-12)
Uncover SNPs, VNTRs, and other unique aspects of your own genetics with hands-on modules for advanced science courses.
June 23-27, 2014
Biomedical Educator Enrichment at Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD

  • DNA Electrophoresis
  • Protein Electrophoresis
  • Bacterial Growth and Transformation
  • Inquiry Based Project Design

July 23-26, 2013
Biomedical Educator Enrichment at Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD


  • Introductory Techniques
  • Fluorescent Bacterial Transformation
  • Phenotypic and Genotypic PTC Analysis
  • Breast Cancer Proteomics
  • Ion Torrent Gene Sequencing

Click here for 2013 Session Information.

June 13-15, 2012
Educators Enrichment at Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD

  • Back to Basics (solutions, unit conversions, pipetting, beginner electrophoresis)
  • PTC Tasting Analysis
  • Cancer Proteomics
  • Bacterial Identification
October 29th, 2011
Educator Enrichment Special Session at Sinte Gleska
  • Easy DNA Extraction
  • Identifying your Own DNA
  • Diagnosing Niemann Pick Disease
  • Project Based-Learning

Follow-ups: Conference in November and January
Final Meeting: Health Care Career Day @ Sinte Gleska – February 25, 2011
June 9th – 11th, 2011
Educator Enrichment at Sanford Center; Sioux Falls, SD
  • Diagnosing Diabetes
  • Identifying the Genetic Material
  • Identifying your Own DNA
  • Diagnosing Niemann Pick Disease
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Molecular Evolution by Protein Analysis