STEM Resources - SWE Minnesota

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University of St. Thomas STEPS camp
University of Minnesota Science and
Science Museum camps
Bakken Museum Summer Camp
Girl Scout camps
Community Education camps
For more information, contact:
Jacki Kubal
(651) 962-5750
email: [email protected]
Complete 6th grade in spring and entering 7th grade in fall. 5 one-week sessions in 2014
ADVANCED 2 one-week sessions for girls completing 8th grade in spring 2014 and entering 9th
grade in fall 2014. Girls must have attended the 6th grade Basic STEPS camp to be eligible.
• An opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do:
Outstanding instructors with extensive backgrounds in engineering, technology and science,
teach the workshops
• A one-week introduction to the world of technology and engineering.
• A camping experience at the St. Paul Campus of the University of St. Thomas
• A hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes
• STEPS camper adjusts the airplane made for the STEPS program.
Program activities:
Include manufacturing and flying a radio controlled airplane.
Students explore science and engineering topics such as physics, chemistry and team building.
There is time for fun!
The camp schedule includes swimming, pizza parties and karaoke. Participants experience
dorm life, cafeteria food and learn what it is like to be on a college campus.
Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science
These week-long sessions sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of
Science and Engineering are for high school students entering grades 9, 10, 11,
and 12. Students attend the camp from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. each day.
•Lab experiences
•Engineering, science, and mathematics will come alive as viable careers.
•Experience Campus life by touring with students, lunch with faculty, panels
for 2015 DATES AND APPLICATION (last year published in January)
Kids' University
• discover a world of hands-on interactive fun
• topics that feature active participation and imagination
• two to three hours of academic enrichment a day
• rest of the day spent playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing
• explore the University of Minnesota for a well-rounded experience
Technology Day Camp
• This three-day summer camp explores the wonders of technology, robotics,
and college in general; free, diversity and outreach program
• Grades 6-8, ages 11-13
• Sponsor: Center for Distributed Robotics
• contact Jeremy Jenkins [email protected] or 612-625-4104 with any questions
• contact Terry Lynch at [email protected] or 612-624-0811 with any questions.
Science Discovery Day Camps at the Bell Museum
• These week-long day camps are led by museum education staff and give
campers the opportunity to meet University scientists and take field trips to
University learning centers
• Topics range from mammals to invertebrates, outer space, the environment
and more
• Hands-on, inquiry-based classroom and laboratory activities, as well as outdoor
exploration and recreation
• Grades K-6
• Sponsor: Bell Museum of Natural History
Summer Science Day Camp
Look for registration to open in February 2015 to be posted in January
Program Highlights
 Every camper will make and take home his or her own unique project.
 Campers have access to a large variety of materials and tools for project
 There is a very high ratio of staff to students (usually a 1:6 ratio).
 Campers have opportunities to work in small collaborative groups and
 Campers will exercise their creative thinking skills every day.
 Students will be trained to confidently work with a number of different
tools in the workshop.
 Campers are a part of community of like minded students who all share a
common interest in making and doing.
 Summer camps at The Bakken empower students to take control of their
 The camp curriculum is focused around the process of invention and
problem solving, skills that can be put to use in all aspects of their life.
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FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Robotics
Odyssey of the Mind
Leonardo’s Basement
Microsoft DigiGirlz
Girl Scout science and technology programs
Community Education programs
Inspire kids to BUILD confidence, CREATE opportunities and THRIVE in the 21st
 Minnesota Renewable Energy Challenge each spring
 Minnesota FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge each fall/winter.
 Programs train, teach and empower student teams, coaches and volunteers.
 700 volunteers offer high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions
 Kids learn how to work together, solve real-world problems and become leaders.
 3,500 kids across Minnesota each year. Since 1999 over 25,000 students
"During the 2008 - 2018 decade, professional, scientific, and technical service
jobs will grow by an estimated 34%.“ ~U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
Labor Statistics, 2010 - 2011
Alumni have gone on to pursue STEM careers in science, technology, engineering
and math. Help our kids learn to be engaged and educated citizens to make
responsible, informed decisions that affect us, our society and our environment; we
must understand science and math.
High Tech Kids is committed to introducing the next generation of engineers,
scientists, computer programmers, technicians, policy makers and project
managers to the challenge and promise of STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math).
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition targeted toward middle and high
school-aged students. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics competition but
with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit.
In September each year, FIRST announces the game challenge to FTC teams at Kickoff. Unlike
FRC, there is no 'ship day' when the robot has to be finished; Teams can work on their robots up
to and during competitions.
Qualifying Tournaments and State Championships occur from October through March, and the
World Championship is held in April.
Enrichment, coaching
and competition
program promoting
middle school and
junior high
 Volunteer members of
the Minnesota Society
of Professional
Engineers coordinate
been reaching out to
students and teachers
since 1983 in MN.
 February local
competition, March
state, May national
Register for classes:
Remember to keep checking the schedule for
other and similar STEM events for Girl Scouts
 University of St Thomas
 University of Minnesota
Any other events your
troop has participated in?
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Get STEM website (
SciGirls TV show (
Design Squad (
Engineer Your Life (
I Seek – Minnesota’s career, education, and job resource
Make your own video game (
Read non-fiction (biographies, history, science, Discover
Puzzles (
Make your own board game
SWE Outreach (

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