• STEM Village Innovate Models to Reach More Rural Schools

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM

    Partners from Winona State University, Southeast Service Coopera􀆟ve's STEM Forward, and area K‐12 schools are looking for your feedback to assess the current state of WSU's STEM Village. This group is exploring ways to innovate this resource to expand the usage for educators around southeast Minnesota. It is our goal to use the information from this short survey to offer a variety of resources in a lending library and structural supports. This survey is open to previous users and potential new users of the resources.

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  • STEM Forward Announced Two Winners and Six Finalists for the Outstanding Educator Awards

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 12/18/2018


    Rochester, MN – Matt Cada (Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools) and Mark Nechanicky (Albert Lea Public Schools) were named the STEM Forward’s 2018 Outstanding Educators.  This special award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching, outstanding leadership, and a focus on continuous improvement that serves to move students toward high achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

    STEM Forward will honor Matt and Mark, as well as fellow nominees Pam Bagniewski (Rochester Catholic Schools), Logan Colby (La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools), Katilin Dunlay (Chatfield Public Schools), Josh Nelson (Red Wing Public Schools), Trina Petterson (Red Wing Public Schools), and Ben Slagle (Red Wing Public Schools), at the Outstanding Educators Awards and Annual Dinner on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Castle Community from 4:30-8:30 PM.

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  • Key Months for STEM Forward Ahead!

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 12/11/2018

    It is an exciting time to be part of STEM Forward! Yesterday the White House released their five-year plan for STEM education. Many of the goals and strategies outlined in this document have been on STEM Forward’s radar and embedded in our recently updated mission, vision, and strategies.  The brilliant minds of our STEM Forward partners have been a head of the curve on addressing the trajectory of STEM education in K-12 schools in southeast Minnesota. Kudos! View the report here.

    STEM Forward announces the highly anticipated Outstanding Educator Award recipient(s) and nominees this week! This highly coveted award celebrates our educators and community stakeholders that foster high K-12 student achievement, exhibit leadership and support for continuous improvement, promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and demonstrate collaboration among K-12 schools, businesses and higher education. These STEM leaders share their outstanding practices with other communities at the Spring Educator Forum, to grow the number of educators providing high-quality STEM education thus increasing STEM literacy throughout the region. Nominees and winners will be announced on December 14, 2018 here! Save the date and your seat for this event!  

    February is two months away, but STEM Forward has been planning something big! Summit big! Join us on February 11, 2018 in Chatfield or February 12, 2018 in Zumbrota for the first annual Career Pathways Summit. This event helps K-12 educators from across the region understand work-based learning models from others who have successful programs and provides team planning time to work through an individual districts goals, needs, and resources with the help of our panelists as mentors.  This is an early step in creating career pathway programs in our region.  Future events will include engaging with businesses to collaborate in the newly created programs.  Register for Chatfield or Zumbrota events.

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  • The results are in!

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 9/10/2018

    The results from the Regional STEM Networking round table events are in! Thank you to the over 80 educators, post-secondary education, higher educaiton, and business stakeholders who came together to disucss the systems problems and opportunities available in southeast Minnesota related to STEM educaiton and STEM career pipelines. 


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  • STEM Forward becomes an affiliate member of STEM Education Coalition

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 8/31/2018

    STEM Education Coalition

    We are excited to announce that STEM Forward has become an affiliate member of the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. 

    "The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition is the broadest and most unified voice advocating for policies to improve STEM education at the national, state, and local levels."

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  • Looking Forward to Tuesday's Regional STEM Networking Event!

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 8/8/2018

    Wow! The excitement around next Tuesday's Regional STEM Networking Event is insane! Our goal was to get 100 people to attend this first annual free event... and we are so close with just a few days to go. If you have not been let in on this event, let me tell you about it... oh wait. Did I mention that it is free?



    There will be networking. Lots of networking! Events like this are the best way to meet others in our region, find potential partners to collaborate on projects for you workforce and STEM education needs, and learn about the latest and greatest happening around STEM education, pathway alignment opportunities, and workforce development. 

    There will be resources. Lots and lots of resources! Between the businesses, non-profits, post-secondary education intuitions, and K-12 school districts, there will be tons of knowledge, insight, and physical resources available for you. With local and state partners like STEM Forward, SciMathMN, Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Development, Inc., in one room you will have the right connectors available to speak with, provide focus for future efforts, and tap into for other resources. 

    There will be strategic conversations around supporting STEM learning and success in workforce development. Connect with southeast Minnesota educators and industry professionals to build healthy and collaborative partnerships for the benefit of students and the future of our communities. We are not holding back on the sheer knowledge and resource activators available to you in southeast Minnesota. You have front row access to some of our top innovators and thinkers with local power-houses like Miki Radovanovic from Avra Hospitality, Sunny Prubhakar from CWS and The Commission, George Chapple from Daikin Applied, Karin McCabe from McGough Construction, Caer Rohrer Vitek from Mayo Clinic, Kelly Braun from Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools, Pam Bagniewski from Rochester Catholic Schools, and Brenda Grupe from Houston Public Schools as facilitators, you have front row access to some of our top innovators and thinkers.

    There will be food. Yes, good food, from Rochester's own Canadian Honker/Powers Ventures. Seriously, come eat.

    There will be free admission to the state-of-the-art interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute. Explore this one-of-a-kind exhibit about genomic science: Genome, Unlocking Life's Code. This exhibit, developed by the Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, highlights the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and features the breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project. Using media interactives, 3D models, custom animations and videos of real-life stories, this exhibit examines both the benefits and challenges that genomics presents to modern society.

    There will be discounted rates for your future group tours to this exhibit! Speak to the the Rochester Art Center staff about your school or organizations group rates now through Steptember for future visits! Did I mention curriculum is available for 7-12 educators to prep your students for the tours?

    See you Tuesday!



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  • A Year In Review

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 1/25/2018

    What a whirlwind of fun it has been over the past year building on the legacy of RAMSP over the past year! Click here to see the great things RAMSP partners done to promote STEM in our K-12 schools.

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  • RAMSP Names 2017 Outstanding Educators

    Posted by Sarah Ness on 12/19/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Two educators from southeast Minnesota are named Outstanding Educators from the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership. Congratulations to Kristen Seeger (Albert Lea Schools) and Shannon Johnson (Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools)! This award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching, outstanding leadership, and focus on continuous improvement which serves to move students toward high achievement in world-class standards in math, science and technology. 

    A total of ten educators from southeast Minnesota were nominated for the 2017 Rochester Area Math Science Partnership Outstanding Educator Award. Congratulations to the following eight nominees for their accomplishments and pursuit of growth in STEM education in the community: Bruce Fruitger (Rochester Public Schools), Dr. Cynthia Hanson (Pine Island Schools), Mark Nechanicky (Albert Lea Schools), Matt Cada (Plainview-Elgin-Millville), Natalie Schneider (Kasson-Mantorville), Pam Bagniewski (Rochester Catholic Schools), Steve Moericke (Dover-Eyota Schools), and Valerie Kafka (Rochester Public Schools).

    These ten educators will be celebrated at the RAMSP Outstanding Educator Award Ceremony & Dinner on January 17, 2018 at Southeast Service Cooperative. Please join us for this free celebration and  learn more about our outstanding educators, nominees, and the progress the Partnership has made in enhancing educational outcomes and supporting quality improvement in our partnered schools.

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