Oglala Lakota College is proud to be one of 14 NASA SEMAA project sites. Over 95% of our students are Native American and live across the 750 square mile area of the Pine Ridge reservation. The OLC SEMAA project serves 13 schools in three counties across the reservation.
SEMAA is Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy focused on K-12 education to inspire, engage, and educate students, families, and teachers.
OLC's SEMAA project has an in-school model for curriculum that utilizes hands-on inquiry based curriculum enhancement activities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We provide outreach programs including family science nights at schools throughout the reservation area, and the AEL (Aeronautics Education Laboratory) at OLC's Math and Science Department. The AEL is equipped with 10 workstations. It is a virtual classroom with 10 workstations, a wind tunnel, and a flight simulator.
OLC's SEMAA program has the following available for use in the classroom and outreach activities:
StarLab is a portable planetarium with programs available in:
*LAKOTA STAR KNOWLEDGE * NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY * GREEK MYTHOLOGY * SOLAR SYSTEM and GALAXIES*
Robotics kits are programmable LEGO robotics kits. We have:
*WEBOTS FOR 4TH-7TH GRADES*NXT MINDSTORMS FOR 8-12TH GRADES
We have a professional telescope for star gazing and informal sky watch events. We also provide Galileoscope workshops providing students with a telescope to build and take home.