SD's Largest Classroom
The fair is more than food and candy - it's about education. Get your kids involved in the SD State Fair, whether it's through education projects or the SD's Largest Classroom. The knowledge and memories they take from the experience will last a lifetime.
What is the SD's Largest Classroom?
In 2004, the SD State Fair added an educational program that complimented the school curriculums. The SD's Largest Classroom was created around the notion that programs brought in for the two-day event would focus on math, science, reading and/or history. Major backers of the program are South Dakota superintendents.
During their field trip, students are able to tour a variety of educational "learning centers." These learning centers teach students about science, agriculture, technology and much more! The most exciting part is that kids have the opportunity to learn hands-on and see exhibits that may not always be available to individual school districts with limited budgets.
2015 SD’s Largest Classroom Highlights
Aussie Kingdom: This wonderful and exciting exhibit will entertain your students as well as educate them. The show provides many interesting facts about the different species of kangaroos and wallabies, along with native Australian birds such as the kookaburra and rainbow lorikeet. Currently, they have 8 different species of wonderful marsupials, (pouched animals). They also present information about the native land and the people of Australia. All the animals are on display throughout the day for everyone to enjoy the wonderful antics of the animals at play!
Post Exotic Animal Petting Zoo: Back by popular demand is an exotic animal petting zoo!
Other programs/exhibits include: ABC’s of the State Fair, Wheat Growers Grain Engulfment Rescue Trainer (GERT), FFA Animal Nursery, Arts/Ed Building Exhibits, Dakotaland Museum, One Room School House, and 4-H Exhibits.
SD's Largest Classroom Tidbits
- The education program is FREE to students, teachers and chaperones.
- Parking is FREE.
- SD's Largest Classroom activities begin around 9:30 and end around at approximately 2:30.
- Lunch will be provided for those participating in the classroom.