6th Annual STEM Day at the State Fair

The Minnesota STEM Network will host the 6th annual STEM Day at the State Fair on Thursday, August 27th.  Carousel Park will be brimming with STEM activity made possible by exhibitors active in the STEM Network and our generous sponsors.

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Thanks to our committee, exhibitors, and sponsors for the time, effort and investment in STEM Day.  We look forward to another fun-filled day on August 27th!

2015 Annual Conference

April 14 – 15, 2015
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota
Full conference session details

Also join us for a Social Hour on April 14 at Stout’s Pub from 5pm – 7pm

For the 2015 conference, the Minnesota STEM Network is partnering with Ignite Afterschool network to feature Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in afterschool and the development of 21st Century skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and communications.  This two-day conference brings together these networks to ensure every Minnesota young person has access to high quality STEM Education and opportunities to build 21st century skills in afterschool.  Attendees will share high quality practices, build partnerships, and advance policy to increase student engagement in and outside of the school day.

Conference Themes for Sessions & Workshops:

  • Systems Building and Partnerships
  • Integrating 21st Century Skills and STEM
  • Sharing Your Stories & Successes: Date, Evaluation, and Messaging

Keynote Presentations:

Tuesday, April 14
Lisa Regalla, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Maker Education Initiative
Keynote:  Nurturing Young Makers

Dr. Lisa Regalla is the Deputy Director at Maker Education Initiative. In her previous role as the National Program Director, she led Maker Corps, a program that builds the capacity of youth-serving organizations to engage youth and families in making, and Maker VISTA, an AmeriCorps initiative that builds thriving Maker Hubs within high poverty communities. Prior to Maker Ed, Lisa worked at Twin Cities Public Television where she was responsible for the educational content presented on television, in person, in print, and on the web as part of the Emmy-Award winning series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa received both a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Theater from Lehigh University before earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

Wednesday, April 15
Martin Storksdieck, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University
Keynote:  STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Reflections on a Radical Learner-Centric Approach

Prior to joining Oregon State University in June of 2014, Martin directed the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. There he oversaw studies that addressed a wide range of issues related to science education and science learning, from informal learning to reforms in K-16, and provided evidence-based advice to decision-makers in policy, academia and educational practice. Martin works in the intersection of research, practice and policy.  He has previously worked for education and policy non-profits in Germany and the United States. He holds Master’s degrees in biology and public policy, and a Ph.D. in education.

These Keynote Speakers are  made possible by the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, NCLB, Title IV, Part B, CFDA 84.287C, administered through the Minnesota Department of Education.

We thank our sponsors:

PLATINUM SPONSORS

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SILVER SPONSOR

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Exhibitors and Sponsors: Please contact Matthew.Ramirez@state.mn.us for more information.