STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair returns August 24
The eighth annual STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) returns for the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the newly renamed Dan Patch Park (formerly Carousel Park) just outside the grandstand.
STEM Day features over 30 participants who will share hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations including robots, rocketry, computer coding and animals designed for children of all ages. Each organization will involve children and adults in STEM-oriented activities and illustrate how the objects, systems and buildings we encounter every day are driven by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A performance stage will feature entertaining experiments and demonstrations, including:
9 a.m. U of MN Raptor Center
10 a.m. Physics Force
10:45 a.m. MN Department of Education Presidential Award Finalists
11 a.m. WCCO – Weather Science
Noon U of MN Raptor Center
1 p.m. Physics Force
2 p.m. WCCO – Weather Science
3 p.m. The Bakken Museum – Small Stuff, Big Deal
4 p.m. America’s Fun Science
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, preparing them for citizenship, career, and college. The day is hosted by the Minnesota STEM Network and is organized by volunteers from MTS Systems, Seagate, St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota.
2017 STEM Day at the State Fair participants include 3M Visiting Wizards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota, ARDUTIME, The Bakken Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Blue University, Boston Scientific, Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota, Code Savvy, Eastview Lightning Robotics, Emerson Process Management, FIRST Robotics Team 2169, KING TeC FIRST Robotics Team 2667, Knights of the Valley, Ft. Snelling Cadet Squadron, MN 131, Civil Air Patrol, Girls Inc. at YWCA of Minneapolis, GOFIRST, High Tech Kids, The Learning Jet, Market Science, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, Minnesota MATHCOUNTS, Minnesota Zoo, MTS Systems Corporation, NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium, National Association of Rocketry, Orbital ATK, Osseo Area Schools Kidstop, Play Quiz Bowl, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Program, TPT-TV “SciGirls”, SciMathMN, Seagate, Smiths Medical, Society of Women Engineers – Minnesota Chapter, STEM Bunnies, The Works Museum, “WOW Wind Power,” YIMA Youth Aviation Academy and Blattner, Inc.,
Thanksd to our sponsors: Platinum sponsors: 3M, Boston Scientific, and Smiths Medical Silver sponsor: Seagate Technology, Orbital ATK T-shirt sponsor: MTS Systems Corp. Tote bag sponsor: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Media Partner WCCO-TV For more information Visit STEM Day at the State Fair on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/STEM-Day-at-the-MinnesotaState-Fair/213598361997441