Sunday Academy

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. They 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, seven academy sessions are held at each of the five tribal colleges, beginning in September and ending in March. Activities usually begin at 11:00 am and may go up to 4:00 pm. Cultural relevance and hands-on activities are emphasized in all topics. STEM learning modules 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 for the modules, testing the demonstrations for the team. By the end of the workshop all learning modules are completed and ready for delivery.

Current and Past Sunday Academy Topics

ND EPSCoR STEM learning module template for instructors

ND EPSCoR PowerPoint templates:

Unique features

  • 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 learning modules
  • Multiple sites at the same time
  • Incorporation of ND EPSCoR funded research topics in STEM modules


Surveys will be handed out at all of the Sunday Academies during the 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.

Please download and complete the ND EPSCoR photo release form. 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.