Science Education Striding Forward at Timber Lake HS

Success and achievement have been the controlled variables of the experimental design that is Timber Lake High School’s science program.

In the past decades, students have participated in both a local fair in Timber Lake School, as well as traveling to the regional fair in Rapid City, which is sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

“Great success has been found by our students,” Middle and High School Principal Julie Marshall said. “In the past three years, two students have earned a trip to the International Science Fair!”

TLHS Science Teachers LuAnn Lindskov and Donna Aberle received a surprise at the regional fair when the school’s science lab was chosen by South Dakota EPSCOR for a $5,000 lab update. In addition to the prize from S.D. EPSCOR, Fisher Science Education also contributed to the gift, which brought the grand total to $7,500 in free equipment to benefit our students.

The update added state of the art microscopes, Vernier Lab Quests with digital probes, a micro centrifuge, electronic balances and hot plates as well as additional supplies.

The lab was also able to update their digital data collection devices so students have greater access to the types of experiences that prepare them for success in college and their careers.

“This amazing opportunity allowed teachers to bring in cutting edge equipment to provide top notch learning opportunities to students in Timber Lake,” Marshall said.

“Our district is grateful to SDEPSCOR, especially Phillip Huebner, for their commitment to STEM education and increasing opportunities for students involved in science research.”