Sunday Academy is a program designed to generate interest in math, science
and engineering among the American Indian high school students. Once a month
during the academic year, high school students are brought together on a
Sunday and are presented with practical day-to-day problems involving simple
math, physics, chemistry and engineering in an informal and friendly atmosphere
requiring them to think, analyze and seek solutions. Typically, eight academy
sessions are held in a year beginning in September and ending in April in each of
the five tribal colleges. Sessions begin at 10:00 am and go up to 4:00 pm.
Cultural relevance and hands-on activities are emphasized in all topics. Lessons
for the Sunday Academy sessions are developed collaboratively by the Tribal College
faculty, Reservation high school teachers, and university professors at the NDSU
summer camp in the first two weeks of June. The team assembles again later at NDSU
for a workshop in the last week of July or the first week of August. At this
workshop they fine tune the hands-on activities of the lesson plans and test
them out. By the end of the workshop all lesson plans are completed and are ready
- Cultural connection
- Hand-on activities
- Participation of high school teachers, tribal
college instructors and university professors collaboratively
all the way from conception to delivery of the lessons
- Multiple sites at the same time
- Incorporation of ND EPSCoR funded research topics in lesson plans
Surveys will be handed out at all of the Sunday Academies during the 2015-2016 year.
The surveys are being done to help us with our Sunday Academy programming. The
information we collect will help us to improve our current Sunday Academy programming
and stimulate ideas, such as targeted scholarships, to create new opportunities to
promote the involvement, and retention of, North Dakota American Indian students in
the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The surveys ask
Sunday Academy participants about their experience in the program, occupations they
might consider and whether they hope to pursue studies in (STEM) fields in the future.
Below are the consent forms for Sunday Academy students and parents/guardians to sign
that would allow the Sunday Academy student to participate in the surveys.
Below are the forms being used for student participant assent and parent/guardian consent.
Survey assent form for students to sign
Survey consent form for parents to sign
Photographs, and possibly videos, may be taken at ND EPSCoR sponsored activities
including Sunday Academy. Permissions are needed from students participating in ND
EPSCoR sponsored activities for ND EPSCoR to use their image (for example: on ND
EPSCoR related websites or in advertising/promotional materials). Students under
age 18 also need parent/guardian permission.
Below is the photo release form being used. The student participant completes and
signs the Participation Consent section while the parent/guardian of a student
participant under age 18 completes and signs the Parent/Guardian Consent section.
2016 ND EPSCoR photo release form