South Dakota students soon will have access to advanced research equipment used by professional scientists: State officials are readying two mobile labs that will travel the state through an innovative program designed to spark students' interest in science and technology.

The 53-foot semi-trailers hold advanced science equipment for student experiments related to the environment, human body, biotechnology, scientific measurements, light, and energy.

The traveling labs will be available to schools at no cost. Money from the state Future Fund, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and private dollars will pay...

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