• STEM Resources

    We have pulled together an extensive inventory of STEM resources that are available to anyone in SE Minnesota. Our goal is to provide resources that will fit your needs. 


    Strategic Planning

    A report by the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science & technology Council, December 2018.
    A planning document that outlines Future Ready CTE grant supports available through Southeast and South Central Service Cooperatives. 


    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. Click here to learn about the previous winners and nominees. Click here for the nomination information for 2019!
    Outstanding Educator recipients should embody the following aims of STEM Forward in their work:
    1. Foster high K-12 student achievement.
    2. Exhibit leadership and support for continuous improvement.
    3. Promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
    4. Demonstrate collaboration among K-12 schools, businesses and higher education.

    Experiential Work Based Learning & Career Pathways

    Experiential Work Based Learning Toolkit for Business, Industry, and Schools 

    Career Fairs (Regional List) 

    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 STEM Forward 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.
    3. Other resources: Informational Interview Questions for Students
    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 STEM Forward (formerly 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. 
    Speakers Bureau
    Connecting educators in participating STEM Forward 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. Fill out this form to add your business information to the Speakers Bureau Contact List.
    University of Minnesota-Rochester's Career Pathways
    The University of Minnesota Rochester is located in the heart of medical worls, just minutes from the globally respected Mayo Clinic. Out innovative degree programs and integrated curriculum provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences fields. Learn about these carere pathways

    Professional Development, Resources & Training

    Customizable Staff Development & Training
    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.
    What are Frameworks? Frameworks are resources developed to help teachers translate Minnesota state standards into classroom practice and assist in student achievement in those standards. 
    getSTEM is an online tool that has impacted over 10,000 students in Minnesota through hundreds of ASK/Offer connections between teachers and business professionals. getSTEM matches STEM needs with STEM resources in just minutes. Join us at getSTEM-mn.com and create a profile – then make an ask or offer. 
    Free lesson planning and instructional guidance with the power of IBM Watson. Learn more about Teacher Advisor today!
    Minnesota teacher groups from Southeast Service Cooperative, RAMSP, and SciMath MN designed this resource to help teachers translate the Minnesota state standards into classroom practice , assist with student achievement of those standards, and align these standards with the Common Core Standards. Since Teacher Advisor with Watson is aligned to Common Core, this document may be helpful for some educators.  See Frameworks for Minnesota Standards above for more resources for Math and Science standards alignment. 
    ncourage curiosity and confidence, connect in-class experiences to real-world concepts, and prepare today’s students for a promising future with Microsoft Education products. Free training, resources, programs, and partnerships will help launch your classroom’s journey into STEM.
    Minnesota has developed the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) matching student data from prekindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other incoming data a range of education programmatic and delivery questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students. SLEDS brings together data from education and workforce to: identify the most viable pathways for individuals in achieving successful outcomes in education and work, inform decisions to support or improve education and workforce policy and practice, and assist in creating a more seamless education and workforce system for all Minnesotans. View SLEDS PowerPoint presentation given to STEM Forward districts on 5/09/2018.
    This rubric is designed to help program administrators, designers, implementers and funders identify the critical attributes of a STEM program to determine the degree to which it is inclusive and supports access and success for students who historically have not engaged in STEM. Serving “all students” does not ensure equity, so considering how each of these attributes impacts underrepresented students in STEM and addressing those barriers will create a STEM learning environment where every student can succeed.
    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. To contact STEM Village, call 507.285.7187 or email STEMVillage@winona.edu.
    Tech Tour Resource Kit
    This toolkit provides best practices for tech experience tours, speed networking, panel discussions, and much more! Download today!
    Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids
    This guide features summer camps, websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school. 
    Community Programs
    Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The museum helps to instill a lifelong love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future.
    University of Minnesota-Rochester'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.