• STEM Resources

     
    Customizable Staff Development
    Bring industry, topic, and content experts to your location to provide staff development before, after, or during the work day. Customized Professional Development is great for staff development days as well! Tailor the content and time to be specific to your unique needs. Impact more staff at a lower cost per person for attendance. Email Kari Kubicek today to learn more!
     
    Job Shadow Program
    Job shadowing is a great opportunity for our future workforce to gain valuable insight through real and relevant learning as they begin to determine the paths they will take post-high school. The goal is for students to come away with a better understanding of their field of interest and the skills needed to be successful. The toolkit below is designed to help RAMSP K-12 Districts better understand how to set up job shadow programs within their districts. To learn more follow these two easy steps:
    1. Download the Job Shadow Toolkit
    2. Email Sarah Ness to schedule a meeting to review toolkit and design a job shadow program for your district.
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    Mobile Science Labs
    Connecting high school classrooms, healthcare careers, and STEM using traveling trailers filled with equipment and supplies to conduct science experiments through partnerships with Mayo Clinic and Rochester Area Math Science Partnership (RAMSP). Mobile Science Labs received the LGIA's Top Innovator Award. Lab subjects include biology, agricultural science, and food science.  Click here for more information.
     
    Outstanding Educator Award
    This award is given annually to a K-12 professional who strives toward the highest levels of excellence within his or her school and community, with a focus on initiative and continuous improvement in every aspect of work. 

    Outstanding Educator recipients should embody the following aims of RAMSP in their work:

    • Foster high K-12 student achievement.
    • Exhibit leadership and support for continuous improvement.
    • Promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
    • Demonstrate collaboration among K-12 schools, businesses and higher education.

    Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for this honor.  Click here to download the form to complete and submit through your district office with the approval/signature of the superintendent, director of schools, curriculum director, or equivalent.  Deadlines for this award at December 1, 2017. The Outstanding Educator Award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the 26th Anniversary RAMSP Recognition Dinner, to which recipients, nominators, and a guest each will be invited.  The event details are still tbd. Stay tuned!

    Speakers Bureau
    Connecting educators in participating RAMSP districts to industry experts and professionals in the fields of STEM. Speakers are invited into K-12 classrooms to share industry knowledge and generate excitement in our future workforce. Schools can contact speakers directly or contact Sarah Ness for more information. 
     
    STEM Village
    Building capacity for teachers in the STEM areas to provide all students with the opportunity to learn highly technical skills in an integrated way. Located in the RCTC Heintz Center, STEM Village is an education resource that provides kindergarten-high school teachers access to a lending library of STEM equipment and materials. STEM Village also offers workshops and opportunities for collaboration throughout the year.
     
    STEM Village
    RCTC Heintz Center: H1400
    Rochester, MN
    507.285.7187
    STEMVillage@winona.edu
     
    U of M's Talented Youth in Mathematics Program (UMTYMP)
    UMTYMP (pronounced "umm-tee-ump") is an accelerated mathematics option for students who are highly gifted in mathematics.   The experience students will have in the program is unique: class sizes are small, the scope of the curriculum allows students to cultivate both a rich depth and breadth of mathematics, the length of the program is shorter than comparable programs, and successful students will be granted honors level college credit for the courses taken in UMTYMP in the last three years of the program.
     
    Students in the program will meet once per week on the University of Minnesota Rochester campus for two hours in the late afternoon/evening for class led by exceptional teachers. Students will have, on average, nine hours of online and/or paper based homework. There are also several support structures available for students who need assistance with the subject matter (algebra I. algebra II, geometry, math analysis/pre-calculus, calculus I, calculus II, calculus III, and advanced topics). While enrolled in UMTYMP, students should not be enrolled in a math course at their home school, but instead be given a free period in which to work on their UMTYMP homework.
     
    The program has two components: high school level and college level. Students in grades 5-7 are eligible for the high school level. Students in grades 7-9 are eligible for the calculus level.  To be considered for either program, students must submit an application and test for admission in early spring preceding the year. To learn more contact Jered Bright.
     
    Youth Apprenticeship Program
    Approved by the Office of Career and College Success at the Minnesota Department of Education, youth apprenticeships are paid experiences for 11th and 12th grade students. The Youth Apprenticeship does require a written agreement and training plan between school, employer, student, and parent/guardian and is governed by an industry recognized checklist. In some instances, Youth Apprenticeships provide postsecondary credit and/or credentials. Youth Apprenticeship students must be supervised by a licensed WBL teacher in a state approved program. For more information schedule a meeting with Workforce Development, Inc.'s Regional Youth Programs Coordinator, Jinny Rietmann.