SciMathMN and The Works, joint hosts of the December 3 conference Transcending Boundaries; Connecting School, Career, and Community Through STEM, announced an expansive list of conference partners November 1. Conference participants will be able to choose from a variety of sessions exploring gender-equitable and culturally relevant teaching practices with SciGirls from Twin Cities PBS, the role of women mentors in the classroom with Million Women Mentors and Project Scientist. Those wanting to explore the future of STEM education in Minnesota can choose opportunities on expanding computer science data and policies with Computer Science for All-Minnesota, teaching computer science with low cost robots from CoderDojo, and the challenges, barriers, and potential solutions to exploring STEM and STEAM opportunities for students of color. Connecting school to community and workforce opportunities include 3D printing with Dunwoody Institute, bringing together STEM and CTE in Greater Minnesota with representatives from the southeastern part of the state. More conference partners and registration along with session choices can be found at Transcending Boundaries; Connecting School, Career, and Community Through STEM. Discounts are available for teams of three or more who attend together.
Please join SciMathMN and The Works Museum at Transcending Boundaries: Connecting School, Career and Communities Through STEM Tuesday, December 3rd at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul. There you will connect with Minnesota’s STEM educators, nonprofit providers, and business representatives to consider the role of STEM education in providing inclusive environments, adequate resources, and career-connected learning that prepare the next generation for the future.
Transcending boundaries will look at creating partnerships that enrich Minnesota’s STEM learning ecosystem by connecting in, out, and after-school time; formal and informal settings; and educational and workplace environments. The conference will also explore transcending boundaries between disciplines by engaging youth in authentic, human-centered learning that blends knowledge and practices from STEM subjects with arts, humanities, and other areas—and ensures that STEM learning is accessible and relevant for all.
The days keynote speaker is Dr. Jayshree Seth, 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate, will provide an overview of the 3M State of Science Index, a global survey of more than 14,000 people in 14 countries to uncover what people think of science and how they perceive its impact on their daily lives. Many of the survey findings highlight the importance of reducing real and perceived barriers to science appreciation and STEM education—in order to ensure that we have a healthy pipeline of future scientists and engineers to solve tomorrow’s challenges. Jayshree will share her personal journey as she explores ways we can advocate for science and promote STEM awareness, equity, and access for all.
Breakfast, lunch and cookie break included in registration. You can register here.
The best day of the Minnesota summer, STEM Day at the Fair returns Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Dan Patch Park. STEM Day again kicks off the Fair on opening day expecting over three dozen hands-on exhibitors of all things Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for young families to discover and explore. Last year STEM Day attracted more than 13,000 fairgoers through its exhibit area while more stopped in to the stage to see performances by a variety of organizations.
Organizations interested in exhibiting can review participation criteria and complete an application
The Minnesota Department of Education will host a series of Town Hall events presenting and soliciting public comment on the first draft of the revised academic standards in science. In addition to public events in communities around the state MDE staff will also hold an online event November 20th. The list of events includes Moorhead, Rochester, Duluth, and other communities. All events are 5:30 – 7:00 pm and will be led by MDE staff. The Town Halls will include general discussion of the draft and may provide an opportunity for individual entries into the online feedback survey. Bring a laptop or tablet, if available, to use the survey. MDE will be using an online form to collect comments so participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the events.
- Moorhead: Nov. 12, Horizon Middle School West, Media Center
- Rochester: Nov. 12, Southeast Service Cooperative, Cedar Room
- Roseville:Nov. 13, Minnesota Dept. of Education, Conference Center B
- Mankato: Nov. 14, Intergovernmental Center, Mankato Room
- Duluth:Nov. 20, UMD, Alworth Hall, Planetarium, An optional demonstration of the
planetarium will follow the meeting.
- Online: Nov. 20, 8 – 9 am.
The meeting opened with a review of the significant work that the committee has already done. This includes an overview of the standards development process, reviewing current Minnesota standards against other states standards, developing a draft of the required career and college statement, reviewing the NGSS standards, and examining the public feedback on the current standards.
The committee then had an extensive discussion on how best to organize standards within the requirements of Minnesota state law. After much discussion the committee chose to prioritize student practice expectations emphasizing what students would know and be able to do. Having already decided to use anchor standards across all of K-12, then worked across grade levels to suggest what performance expectations should be placed broadly at what grade level.
Discussion among some committee members included the challenges that many schools face in finding appropriately licensed teachers to teach science classes. The graduation requirement that students take three years of science between 9th and 12th grades was also raised as a factor in both standards writing and student opportunities.
MDE staff reminded committee members of several items to keep in mind as the committee works. First, by law the standards must include the contributions of Minnesota’s Native American tribes and communities. Consultation with Native American leaders will be an important aspect of the process as standards are developed. As the committee works the standards they develop must be understandable to the public and must be able to be assessed. Additionally according to Minnesota law standards must be grade level specific.
The committee voted heavily to empower the writing group to begin writing standards from the Next Generation Science Standards practices for this first draft. MDE will be hosting a number of public feedback sessions across the state after the initial draft of new standards is released November 9. It is understood that “the first draft is never the last draft”.
The committee meets next on Thursday, November 1 at MDE, Conference Center B, room 17-18. The first draft of standards is due to be released November 9.
STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair returns August 23
STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) returns for the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in Dan Patch Park just outside the grandstand.
State Fair visitors will find over 30 exhibitors with hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations designed for children of all ages, including a new Girls Zone, a First Robotics Competition Zone, and a performance stage.
Exhibitors and stage performances have been chosen to represent a broad range of science and technology to show visitors how everyday objects, systems and buildings are driven by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Visitors will be able to sit in the cockpit of an F4 jet and learn what it’s like to drive a MNDOT snowplow in their training simulator.
STEM Day at the State Fair is an initiative of SciMathMN, a nonprofit statewide organization that advocates for effective, engaging, and rigorous STEM education opportunities for all Minnesota students to prepare them for citizenship, career, and college. Organized by volunteers, STEM Day at the State Fair is supported by Boston Scientific, Smiths Medical, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Seagate, MTS Systems Corporation, and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).
“Kids love to explore their world. That tinkering, exploring, and questioning is an interest in STEM,” said Jim Davnie, executive director of SciMathMN. “Minnesota companies already have more jobs requiring STEM skills than they can fill, and the gap is growing. STEM fields offer a variety of rewarding career paths and STEM Day at the State Fair is designed to showcase this diversity.”
2018 STEM Day at the State Fair Participants
3M Visiting Wizards America’s Fun Science
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter The Bakken Museum
Bell Museum Boston Scientific
Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota Code Savvy
First Robotics Competition Zone Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis High Tech Kids
iBrics – Experiential Learning for the 21st Century Market Science
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) Minnesota IT Services (MNIT)
Minnesota State High School Mathematics League Minnesota Zoo
MTS Systems Corporation
NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium Northern Star Scouting – STEM Northrop Grumman Corporation Osseo Area Schools Kidstop
Play Quiz Bowl
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Minnesota SciGirls / Twin Cities PBS
Science from Scientists Science Museum of Minnesota SciMathMN
Seagate Smiths Medical
Society of Women Engineers – Minnesota Chapter
The United States Air Force Civil Air Patrol, Fort Snelling Cadet Squadron The Works Museum
“WOW Wind Power” / Blattner Energy / YIMA Aviation STEM Academy
9:15 AM University of Minnesota Raptor Center 10:15 AM University of Minnesota Physics Force
11:15 AM Minnesota Department of Education – Presidential Award Finalists Recognition 11:25 AM Science Museum of Minnesota
12:15 PM University of Minnesota Raptor Center 1:15 PM The Bakken Museum
2:15 PM Science Museum of Minnesota 3:15 PM Concordia Science Academy 4:15 PM The Bakken Museum
Platinum sponsors: Boston Scientific, and Smiths Medical Silver sponsor: Seagate Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation T-shirt sponsor: MTS Systems Corporation
Tote bag sponsor: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)
For more information
Visit STEM Day at the State Fair on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/STEM-Day-at-the- Minnesota-State-Fair/213598361997441
Join us for a special networking event Tuesday, August 14, 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Rochester Arts Center and a chance to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Genome Project exhibit. The Human Genome exhibit is a perfect focal point for discussions on STEM education, workforce development, and how science is leading to new jobs and new cures. Come mingle with others in STEM industries and education, share ideas, and consider what the future could be for Southeast Minnesota and beyond. Our partners in STEM Forward are co-hosting the event. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine for sponsoring the event. Let us know you’re coming!