News, Events, and Opportunities
Letter from the Executive Director
Welcome Fall.

I always enjoy the change in seasons, any seasonal change. Winter to spring, spring to summer, but my favorite is the change from summer to Fall. I certainly find the cooler temperatures and changing leaf colors inviting. They may even be a fair exchange for the shorter days of summer. My real favorite part of Fall however is the return to school.  

I am now the parent of two college students. It is a bit of a shock not to have anyone in the K12 system, whether me as a teacher or my children as students. But the rituals are much the same. There are supplies to purchase, schedules to memorize, goals to set, friends to reconnect with, and excitement for the possibility of a new school year. So many opportunities always seem within reach this time of year. I hope your Fall is filled with promise and the welcome rituals of the season.

STEM Day at the Fair 2022 was a great success. 15,000 people came through our exhibit area keeping the over 30 exhibitors busy engaging fairgoers. More stopped by the stage to catch performances there. The weather was perfect, everyone seemed happy to be back at a more “normal” fair after two years impacted by Covid. Many thanks to our exhibitors with special thanks to our sponsors, Target Tech Kids, MTS Systems, Medtronic, Anderson Corporation, Seagate Technology, Boston Scientific, MnDOT, Hennepin County, Silk Road Medical, and Xcel Energy.

To our friends who have just joined us through STEM Day at the Fair welcome, and I hope you will find this and all our publications informative.
Jim Davnie
Executive Director
Partner Spotlight
Bringing Real-World Learning to PreK-12 Classrooms
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national nonprofit organization that provides an interdisciplinary STEM-based curriculum for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. In Minnesota PLTW partners with 102 school districts supporting 346 programs across the state, and works collaboratively with partners to create grant opportunities for additional districts to bring STEM experiences to their teachers and students.
PLTW stresses student development of both technical and transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. Transportable skills include problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, ethical reasoning and mindset, communication, and collaboration. They also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.
PLTW prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as key to empowering students to unlock their potential. They emphasize being able to bring authentic selves to work, unlocking the power of each person’s unique differences and experiences that create a sense of belonging.
Tracking outcomes for both students and teachers trained in PLTW can demonstrate better academic achievement for both college-bound and non-college-bound students, greater interest in STEM topics and careers, and greater satisfaction for teachers. 
STEM Opportunities
Educator Resource & Professional Development
Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

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The Bus is on Us!!!

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Aspirations in Computing Awards Program

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Career and Technical Education: The Heart of Minnesota's ...

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Notable Women in Tech Solitaire

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