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Preparing for New Minnesota Science Standards

John Olson, Minnesota Department of Education Science Specialist and colleagues are writing a series of articles for the MnSTA newsletter in preparation for the review of the science standards in 2018-19. They are including ideas about science learning and teaching that have come from research and teaching experience, which will influence the writing and implementation of our next science standards.

Please access the articles here!

For further information see the MN Dept. of Education standards webpage or contact

Most recent MDE Science Update

March 2020

This periodic update from the Minn. Dept. of Education (MDE) is sent to a few email lists, including the Minn. Science Teachers Assn. (MnSTA) and district/organization contacts. We encourage you to forward this to other teachers and science leaders. Archived editions are at this MnSTA site. See MDE contacts at the end of this document.

Note: MDE does not endorse any resource or event that is not conducted by MDE.

* indicates an item that was not in the previous edition




*COVID -19 as a teachable moment

The National Center for Science Education addresses questions students are asking about the current coronavirus outbreak in this article on Evolution and Epidemics. You can sign up for email updates every Friday.


*Licensing Board stakeholder input sessions

The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is beginning the stakeholder engagement process to create its first long range strategic plan as a new agency.  PELSB has scheduled public sessions to gain stakeholder input on this strategic plan. There is an opportunity to participate virtually and you can submit written comments. Contact for more information.   

  • April 14: 12 – 2 pm – Focus: Teacher Preparation
  • April 20: 9 – 11 am – Focus: Administrators
  • April 29: 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Focus: Teachers, students, parents and community


*Environment Education Portal Updated

The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education is now running the EE Portal @MAEE, the successor to the SEEK website (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge). exists to share environmental education resources, jobs, and events with classroom teachers, naturalists, and non-formal educators in Minnesota. Organizations can register to share their resources.


Science Licensure

Department of Education science staff have been meeting with staff of the Professional Educators License and Standards Board to clarify the current science licenses and lay the groundwork for potential changes. They prepared a joint fact sheet on the current licenses and opportunities for science teachers to add licenses. This statement is posted on the MDE Science webpage. It will be updated with new developments. Any changes in licensure will have to wait until the science standards have been completed the Minnesota Rulemaking process.


Teacher Events and Workshops


Note: Several of these workshop will be helpful in preparing to teach the new science standards and may be applicable for adding a science license by portfolio.


Earn credits for online professional development: Science and Engineering Practices in Action

Teachers can now get graduate credit for working with the SEPA online professional development modules! Complete all of the modules in their entirety and develop an action plan for implementation of the new science standards. 4 graduate credits available through Hamline University. Please contact Continuing Studies at Hamline University for a registration form. For questions contact Patty Born-Selly. For more information about and access to Minnesota’s online professional development modules, open the MDE Online Science Courses document.


*Teaching with nature: PLT K-8 Workshop, April 4, St. Paul

Learn from the best on integrating environmental education lessons into your classroom Students LOVE the hands-on, place-based lessons. Teachers love how lessons correlate to Minnesota Academic Standards. Participants will get the Project Learning Tree K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide (contains 96 lessons), DNR posters and resources, and 6 CEUs. Presenters are from the Science Museum's Educator Resource Center and STEM Equity and Education, and the Minnesota Department of Education. This workshop is at Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Cost is $10. Registration. Deadline March 27


Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA, April 4, Duluth

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research to learn the importance of ocean exploration and current technologies for exploring the deep ocean. Engage with standards-based, hands-on activities and online resources to guide classroom learning around ocean science literacy. Focus on ocean health, underwater mapping, remotely operated vehicles and unique underwater habitats. Tour Large Lakes Observatory’s R/V Blue Heron to explore current and future research taking place on the Great Lakes.

Participants will receive the books NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?, Volume 2: How Do We Explore?, and additional resources. Lessons are designed for grades 6-12, but many activities can be scaled to suit educator needs. Breakfast, lunch and a $75 stipend included. More Information and Registration


* Project WET Earth Day workshops, April 18 – Henderson, April 22 – Afton

Enjoy the opportunity to share ideas about water with your colleagues. Understand how Project WET is aligned with NGSS standards, and learn about the brand new Climate Change curriculum that Project WET is unveiling spring 2020 in honor of World Water Day and 50 Years of Earth Day! Spend the day getting trained in WET 2.0 and discover new resources available to you! (CEU credits) Check out this video of Project WET. The April 18 workshop is at Ney Nature Center and the April 22 workshop is at Afton State park along the St. Croix River. More information and registration


Teaching Weather for 6th Grade Earth Science, April 18, Chanhassen

Teachers who will be teaching 6th grade earth science under the new science standards can get a head start with this FREE event organized by Dr. Amy Lilienfeld, Founder and President of Circle of Illumination Science Education, and hosted by the National Weather Service (NWS) station in Chanhassen on Saturday April 18, 2:30 – 6:15 p.m. Participants will get a tour of the NWS facilities and watch the launch of a “radiosonde” (weather balloon) which is used to collect data at different altitudes. Such data can be obtained on a daily basis and can be used in teaching, including making plots in EXCEL. The visualization of the data will enable students to identify days on which atmospheric inversions exist which are common in the Twin Cities and can be correlated with students’ perceptions of air pollution as well as exacerbation of asthma.

Presentations will be given by Dr. Lilienfeld and Ms. Emily Kalkbrenner who is a 6th grade teacher at Global Arts Plus in St. Paul but also taught 8th grade Earth Science there for several years. Emily has gone through PD courses offered by the American Meteorological Society and also had a weather station installed at her school. For more details and updates go to: Deadline for registration April 12th.


*Exploring Environmental STEM at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, May 9, Blaine

Adventure in nature play and hands-on teaching strategies at a unique wetland site with this workshop 9 am – noon.  Practice environmental STEM teaching strategies including: the 5E model; nature play; science activities for your site; and how to do field trips. Participants experience the 5E's...engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate...all at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary! We act out seasons, build different nests, create art connecting natural systems, investigate insulators, identify plants, and more. The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is an open space park that holds a special wetland called a fen, some of the rarest plants in Minnesota, and a unique mile-long boardwalk. The BWS park and the online curriculum are free to visitors. Registration.


*MnSTA: Instructional Strategies for the New MN Science Standards, June 12 or Aug. 17, Staples

Learn the pedagogy associated with the 2019 K-12 Minnesota Science Standards and ways to prepare to teach the standards. In this workshop, we will explore some of the significant changes between the 2009 and 2019 Minnesota science standards. Among the changes is the instructional shift from students learning about science content to students engaging in the practices of science to figure out something puzzling, either regarding the natural or the designed world.

The workshop will conclude with a look at some of the resources that are available to support Minnesota teachers as they tackle the shift to 3-dimensional teaching and learning. This MnSTA sponsored workshop is led by Mary Colson, NGSS writer and co-chair of the Minnesota Science Standards Committee. More Information and Registration.


*Computer Science Professional Learning, June 15 – 19, St. Paul is offering Computer Science Discoveries and Principles workshop at no cost to most teachers accepted into the program. The professional learning program prepares teachers to offer the CS Discoveries courses for grades 6-10 or the CS Principles course for grades 9 – 12. Twin Cities PBS is partnering with this program which begins with the summer workshop and provides year round support.


Physics/Physical Science Workshops, June, River Falls

These are two continuing education opportunities for Physics and Physical Science teachers to be offered at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in June 2020. More information

-        Calculus for Mechanics and E&M in High School Physics, June 15-19

-        Astronomy Inquiry Methods and Activities for High School Science, June 22 – 26


*Cost Rica Professional Development and Field Science using NGSS, June 21-29

Hamline University has partnered with Ecology Project International and offers a 4-graduate credit course in NGSS teaching...Based at a remote wildlife reserve in Costa Rica, teachers conduct field research and gain practice with phenomenon-based learning and the Next Generation Science Standards. Contact EPI or Patty Born Selly for more information.


*Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop, June 22 – 25, 2020, Fergus Falls

This pre K – 12th grade workshop is for all who teach children.   Explore innovative ways to use the outdoors as a classroom with integrated curriculum.  Strengthen your outdoor teaching and reflection skills, and apply them to your indoor curriculum. Benefit from the immediate opportunity to apply workshop content with a small group of motivated youth.  Gain knowledge and real-world experience in the prairie pothole ecosystem with direct carry-over to any geographic location, any age, and any season.  Each participant receives certificate for 28 clock hours, hands-on practice using field equipment, printed copy of The Compass to Nature booklet, and much more.  Free lodging available in the PWLC dormitory.  For more info and to register, visit the Friends of the PWLC web site.


*Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop, June 22 – 25, Fergus Falls

All who teach children are invited to …

  • Explore innovative ways to use an outdoor classroom during this preK-12th immersion workshop held concurrently with the Summer Explorers Biology Camp for youth entering 5th and 6th grades.
  • Observe professionals and apply outdoor classroom methods by leading the same youth daily, outdoors, in a supportive team teaching environment.
  • Gain knowledge and real world experience in the prairie pothole ecosystem

… at the Prairie Wetlands Nature Center. Free lodging is available. Information and Registration


Addressing Disparities in STEM Education: District Leadership Program, June 22-26, St. Paul

The IDEAL Center (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership) at the Science Museum of Minnesota invites school and district leadership teams to apply for the 2020–2021 PAGE District Leadership Program.  PAGE is dedicated to addressing achievement disparities in STEM education on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, disability, language, and sexual orientation at a systems level.  PAGE is an 11-day program with a five-day institute during the summer of 2020, and three two-day Colloquia during the 2020–2021 school year.  For more information and to apply, go to Application due April 1.


*Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop, June 23-25, Winona

The MMEW is a three-day workshop for K-12 Earth Science educators and pre-service teachers that offers short courses and field trips focused on the geology and mineral resources of Minnesota. The upcoming 23rd annual MMEW will be held June 23-25, 2020 at Winona State University. Come learn about the geology of Winona and southern Minnesota from a broad range of experts including faculty at Winona State University, the Minnesota Geological Survey, the Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Department of Education, industry representatives, and many others!

On the first day of the workshop, choose between 12 different short course topics taught by professional geologists, academics, government scientists, and K-12 educators. The second and third days of the workshop will take you on field trips designed to provide direct experiences with the geology and mineral resources in southern Minnesota. You will receive resource materials including rock and mineral samples, lesson plan ideas, posters, maps, and other useful information. More information


Modeling Instruction Workshops, July

The Modeling Method has been intentionally developed to correct many weaknesses of the lecture-demonstration method of instruction typically seen in STEM classrooms. These weaknesses include the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Instruction is organized into modeling cycles which move students through all phases of model development, evaluation and application in concrete situations — thus promoting an integrated understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of coordinated modeling skills.

-        Physics introduction workshop, Winona State Univ. July 6 – 10, Information and Registration

-        Chemistry workshop Tartan High School, Oakdale, July 13 – 17, Information and Registration

-        Biology workshop, Tartan High School, Oakdale, July 13 – 17, Information and Registration


*Population Education online professional development, July 6 – August 3

Population Education is excited to announce our online professional development course for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12! Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with educators across the world. The course is asynchronous, which means students can work at their own leisure and pace while still abiding by the pre-set submission deadlines. There are weekly discussion boards, journals, and a final project, all built to provide participants with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own educational setting. Four graduate credits are available. Information and registration.


*FDA Professional Development in Food Science, July 12 – 18, Washington DC

This fully funded program from the Food a Drug Administration and the National Science Teachers Assn. provides inquiry-based supplemental curriculum about foodborne disease outbreaks, recalls and nutrition. Included in the program is transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses. Information about the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum. Application for the program – deadline April 24


Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshop, July 13-15, Minneapolis

The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) in partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be offering a FREE three-day workshop at the University of Minnesota to high school chemistry teachers on green and sustainable chemistry. 

Participating teachers will receive instruction on green chemistry, industrial applications, and potential impacts to human health and the environment. Shared lesson plans will illustrate how green and sustainable practices apply to secondary chemistry classrooms. Participants will gain hands-on experience with safer, cost-effective labs that minimize waste and are drop-in replacements for traditional secondary chemistry labs. Participants will receive a $300.00 stipend and the option to earn 2 graduate level credits from the Colorado School of Mines. They will also receive resources for lab implementation More Information. Applications due April 1.


River Institute featuring Waters to the Sea, July 20 – 22, Ft. Snelling State Park

Join us this summer as Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) presents its acclaimed Mississippi River Institute, a free, three-day, field-based professional development opportunity for educators.

The Mississippi River Institute is designed to increase teachers' science content knowledge and investigation skills, and help area educators translate their professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom investigations. The focus for the institute is on elementary and middle school classroom teachers. This workshop will especially be helpful for teachers preparing to teach the new science standards for middle school earth and life science. More Information.


Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, July 22-24, St. Paul

Join together with educators from across the country for an impactful training on climate change education presented by Climate Generation. Educators from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend and learn new ways to teach climate change. Scholarships are available. More Information

  • Get hands-on experience with climate change activities for the classroom
  • Use phenomena-based learning to ignite curiosity about climate change causes, impacts, and solutions
  • Discover your personal climate story and learn how to incorporate it into a lesson with your students
  • See how art brings data to life, and use climate fiction literature to teach concepts and guide discussions about the future
  • Special strand for Minnesota science teachers: Featuring the new Minnesota Science Standards and climate change


Project GUTS Computer Science in Science workshop, July 27-31, Milwaukee

The course is designed to integrate Computer Science (CS) concepts into existing middle school science classes, especially in contexts in which a standalone CS course is not available. Help students from all different backgrounds to engage in scientific inquiry by investigating topics of interest to their local communities and sharing their experiments and findings. Scholarships plus more dates and locations are available. Information.


*Waterworks! A Drinking Water Institute for Educators, August 3-5, Red Wing

Enrich your water curriculum, investigate drinking water quality, chemistry, engineering, community resources, and practice-based activities for your classroom. This three-day, hands-on workshop allows grade 4-10 teachers of science to gather information from expert presenters about how safe, reliable drinking water is delivered to your community as well as drinking water issues facing Minnesota. Meals and resource binder provided. Choose between two graduate credits or stipend. Join the ranks of over 400 teachers that have participated in WaterWorks! throughout Minnesota over the last 20 years. Funded by the Minnesota Dept. of Health and the American Waterworks Association. Application and Information.


MN Zoo STEM Teacher Workshop, Aug 3-6, Apple Valley

See the Zoo in a whole new way! This four day workshop will engage teachers in utilizing animals and the Zoo as a tool to integrate engineering concepts into their curriculum. Sessions focus on Engineering BY Animals, Engineering FROM Animals (biomimicry), and Engineering FOR Animals. Through hands on activities, expert talks and behind the scenes experiences, see how STEM is being used by aquarists, conservationists, and zoo staff to help care for and conserve wildlife both in the zoo and in the wild.  Information and Registration


*Knowles Academy Summer Professional Development, various topics, dates and locations

The Knowles Teacher Initiative announces the availability of 10 professional development courses for teachers that will be offered this summer through the Knowles Academy. The Knowles Academy offers state-of-the-art courses that are designed for teachers by teachers. The courses are offered at $100 per course. A description and listing of the courses is at this MnSTA professional development site.

“Knowles Academy courses are different from other teacher professional development because each offers a sustained learning experience,” said Jeff Rozelle, Vice President of Programs, Knowles Teacher Initiative. “Courses are made up of teachers supporting teachers to improve their classroom practice with long-term support for sustainable change.”


American Meteorological Society Summer Institutes, Various dates and locations

Enhance your knowledge of Earth system science and earn graduate credit through AMS Education’s teacher professional development programs. K-12 courses include Project Atmosphere, Project Ocean, DataStreme Atmosphere; DataStreme Ocean, and DataStreme Earth's Climate System. Information.


Teacher and School Awards and Opportunities


NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) recognizes an outstanding biology teacher from each state. Nominees do not have to be members NABT. In addition to an application form, nominees will be asked to submit a video of their classroom teaching, an essay, and four letters of recommendation. For more information, go to the NABT Awards website, download an application form, download video suggestions, or contact Jim Lane (, Life Science Instructor at Mahtomedi High School.


Minnesota GreenSteps Schools program

This new FREE and voluntary program provides support to schools desiring to make improvements in their sustainability practices. It helps schools make goals and realize accomplishments “one step at a time” by connecting with a supportive community of volunteers, businesses, non-profits, and local and state government agencies.

The program is modeled after the proven MN GreenSteps Cities program and utilizes the pillars of the US Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools program. Schools may select the practice they want to work on and receive resources for addressing that practice. They can build up to the Green Ribbon School award and continue beyond. The program has a campaign to have 50 schools and 50 resource organizations express interest by Earth Day April 22. Learn more at the GreenSteps Schools website or by emailing


School Programs and Resources


Physics Force demo shows, May 13-14, Rochester

If you’ve never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through thin air while a friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men and women shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, then the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you!

The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. Join us to experience how physics is interesting, understandable and fun! Information.


*Green Olympics

Project Green Schools is thrilled to announce the inaugural year of the Green Olympics sponsored by National Grid to be held in schools and communities around the country this Spring, and we invite you to be part of this new way to engage students, schools and communities in environmental action.

Participants will compete in environmental games and challenges focusing on energy, waste, food/agriculture, water, climate change and air. Specific challenges will be framed by Project Green Schools along with the option to create custom challenges to show how you celebrate sustainability at your school/organization!

Green Olympics events are environmental awareness and action programs with a fundraising component. You identify a project to “Green Up Your School/Community” and then money raised at the Green Olympics becomes a grant to fund your project and to further the cause of educating and supporting K-12 Environmental Education and Programs. More information Sign up by March 30 and receive a hosting kit.


*Grants for STEM learning

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program is offering grants up to $15,000 to school districts for increasing interest or improving instruction or learning in STEM areas. Each district must be nominated by a person who operates a farm larger than 250 acres. More Information. Deadline is April 15.


*Black Ingenuity: Past Present and Future Innovations, Exhibit, Minneapolis

Black Ingenuity features blacks in Minnesota who made an impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields through their research, inventions and designs.

Visitors will learn about Frederick McKinley Jones, co-founder of Thermo King, whose refrigerated united revolutionized the long-distance transport of perishable goods. The exhibition also features Dr. Reatha Clark King, a hidden figure in the Apollo 11 space mission, and several other innovators including Alexander Miles, Clarence "Cap" Wigington, John J. Henry and Damaris Hollingsworth.

The exhibition also highlights programs preparing future innovators such as Minnesota STEM Partnership and Young Builders and Designers. The free exhibit at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum is open now through May 31, 2020.


*Project Hero: Ecology Quests

Project Hero is a free online platform that offers standards-oriented and authentic project-based learning experience for empowering and engaging students to take action for their local endangered species and ecosystems.

Each Quest students undertake is a unique learning and activation journey that focuses on locally-relevant environmental issues. We present multi-media content, lessons, and activities for exploring and understanding the threats to local species and ecosystems. Every quest culminates in a hands-on project to empower your students to make a meaningful impact in their environment. Current Quests include Minnesota Freshwater Quest.

When you register for a free account as an educator, you gain access to additional teaching resources, tips, and opportunities, including eligibility for grant funds to support your class's projects. Information


Student Programs, Awards and Competitions


Minnesota Online Map Competition

The Minnesota ArcGIS Online student competition is launching in January. All interested Minnesota schools - public, private and home schools - are invited to participate in the competition. Students learn how to use Esri’s ArcGIS Online tools to create digital maps and story maps. There are two divisions - grades 4 to 8 compete in the middle school division, and grades 9 to 12 in the high school division. There are two levels of competition in each division. The first is a simple map-making competition where students make maps based on topics selected by their teachers. The second is a Minnesota researched-based competition where students compete state-wide to be one of the top five entries in their division. For complete details go to the competition website. Register by April 3.


*WOW! That’s Engineering, April 25, Minneapolis

Wow! Is a free award winning program for female students in grades 6-8. It includes:

  • Learning from real engineers and college students
  • Completing hands-on engineering experiments to learn about STEM fields
  • Transportation to and from the event  
  • Breakfast and lunch, plus a t-shirt and more!

The event from the Society of Women Engineers is at Dunwoody College. While all female middle school students are welcome to attend, we prefer students on the free or reduced lunch programs. Students need to be present for the entire event day, from 9am - 4pm. Registration for each student Questions –


*Science Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer, June 15-19, St. Paul

Do you know any female students currently in 6th or 8th grade? The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering in St. Paul is hosting their Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) free one-day camps to introduce girls to these exciting fields. 

STEPS one-day camps are scheduled for June 15th through 19th 2020. Application is open through March 15, 2020 and participants are selected randomly by lottery from all eligible applicants. Don't miss this exciting opportunity! Information and Registration


Materials Camp at the U of M, June 16 – 19, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Materials Science Camp provides a hands-on experience into the world of materials science and engineering. Students entering their junior or senior year are eligible.

-        A unique science experience under the direction of industry and education based “Materials Mentors”

-        Combination of mini-demonstrations and field trips with extensive involvement in laboratory facilities to actively explore materials science & engineering principles

Information. Applications due March 31.


*Summer Transportation Institute, June 20 – 31, Minneapolis

This free two-week summer day camp at the University of Minnesota for students entering grades 7 – 9 will introduce you to the many aspects of the transportation field. You’ll go on field trips around the Twin Cities, participate in hands-on lab activities, and learn from experts about what it’s like to work in transportation.

  • Learn how different parts of the transportation system work together to keep you (and the things you buy) moving in cars, trucks, planes, and boats in Minnesota and beyond
  • Take a spin in a driving simulator and learn how it’s used to make our roads safer
  • Design and build a model bridge
  • Go behind the scenes on exciting field trips around the Twin Cities to places like an airport, transit facility, and maintenance facility
  • Tour the University of Minnesota campus and get a feel for college life

More Information


*High School Renewable Energy Camp, July 13-17, St. Paul

Hamline University’s Renewable Energy Camp will enhance understanding of renewable energy and demonstrate how to design, test, construct, fabricate, and present energy conversion and storage devices. At camp, students entering grades 9 - 12 will:

  • Interact with local experts to learn the principles of and conduct hands-on experiments with renewable energy conversion and storage devices like solar cells, supercapacitors, and lithium-ion batteries.
  • Visit local corporations such as Medtronic.
  • Work with a team to design, fabricate, and test energy conversion and storage devices, as well as analyze and present experimental results.

Scholarships may be available. Information and Registration.


*SDSU Natural Resources Camp, July 20-24, Astonia SD (near Brookings)

The SDSU Natural Resources Camp is a great way to gain exposure to the world of natural resources, including fish, plants, wildlife, soils, invertebrates, and water. The camp offers opportunities to gain hands-on experiences in natural resource ecology and management. The camp is intended for high school students, entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, who have a strong desire to learn more about the natural world or who have an interest in pursuing a career related to natural resources.

The Oak Lake Field Station is located 22 miles northeast of the SDSU Campus in Brookings County, South Dakota. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lodging and meals are included in your camp registration ($300). Information. Register by June 12, 2020.


Summer Student Internship at Seagate, Bloomington

To help students prepare for future technician and engineering positions, Seagate is offing a summer internship program at its Bloomington office. Recent high school grads or freshmen can apply for an $18 per hour paid internship. Positions are in production engineering and development engineering. Contact for information


More Science and Engineering Competitions

Check out the follow program for your classes and individual students.

-        Science and Engineering Fair – middle and high school


Minnesota Programs and Competitions

Many competitions, out-of-school programs and field trip opportunities are posted at the Mn-STEM website and listed in the Reach for the Stars Catalog of Programs and Activities.




MDE Science Contacts:

John Olson, Science Content Specialist, @JohnCasperOlson

Jim Wood, Science Assessment Specialist

Judi Iverson, Science Assessment Specialist

Sarah Carter, STEM and Computer Science Specialist

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Other Minnesota Links:

Minn. Dept. of Education Science Page

Minn. Science Teachers Association

Frameworks for MN Science and Mathematics Standards a.k.a. STEM Teacher Center

Get – STEM Connections between schools and businesses

EE Portal @MAEE environmental education resources

Minnesota Academy of Science: Science Fair, Science Bowl and other competitions

Mn DNR Education website: Curriculum, professional development, posters, etc.

Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) – Statewide, youth-led program for hands-on eco related projects


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