Northeast Minnesota STEM Network
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Northeast Minnesota STEM NetworkLeadership Team

Mark Anderson
LHB Corporation

Jim Arndt
Duluth Public Schools

Moe Benda*
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth

Wendy Carter
Marshall School

Julie Elkington
Cliffs Natural Resources

Sandra Ettestad
Duluth Aviation Institute

Paula M.J. Frings
Maven Perspectives

Brian Gute
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth

Peggy Hanson
Minnesota Power Foundation

Don Hoag*
Duluth Workforce Development

Anne Hornickel

Theresa Hornstein
Lake Superior College

Steve Korby

Tami Lichtenberg
College of St. Scholastica

Nancy Litman
Proctor Public Schools

Jeffrey Maas
Duluth Children's Museum

Rebecca Meyer
Univ. of Minnesota Extension

Leah Moore
Proctor Public Schools

Kathy Neff
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth

David Nolle
Boy Scouts/Voyageurs Council

Beth Peterson
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

Rebecca Radcliffe
Essentia Health

Diane Rauschenfels
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth

Scott Risdal
Saturn Systems

Jennifer Rosato
College of St. Scholastica

Judi Roux
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth

Bud Stone
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Ufford*
Northeast Minnesota Workforce Center

* Co-Chairs

Network Mission:  The Minnesota STEM Network strengthens collaborations among business, education, civic and community leaders to increase the appeal of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and communicate its importance to Minnesota's future; promote opportunities for students and families to engage in high-quality STEM experiences; and fosters continuous improvements in STEM teaching and learning.

SciMathMN is a non-profit, statewide education and business coalition advocating for quality K-12 science, mathematics and technology education based on research, national standards and effective practices.scim_mainnav_r2_c1 3

Major initiatives include policymaker briefings, theSTEM Teacher CenterExternal Link online resource and the Minnesota STEM Network.

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Leadership Team Forms Following First Northeast Minnesota STEM Network Meeting

A leadership team has formed following the November 8th meeting based upon expressed interest as well as representation of sectors and subregions.  The names and affiliations are shown at left.  At its January meeting, the team developed a tentative unifying goal as "building awareness of STEM strengths in Northeast Minnesota and providing communities with more opportunities to experience STEM fields."  The leadership team will meet monthly in order to solidify goals and recommend short-term initiatives for the regional network. 

Network Members Invited to Attend Keynote by
Stephen Pruitt, PhD. of Achieve, Inc.
Minnesota Conference on Science Education
Friday, February 22, 11:15 - 12:45
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

The Minnesota Conference on Science EducationExternal Link hosted by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA) will take place in Duluth on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd at the DECC.  MnSTA invites attendees of the November 8th regional meeting to attend the keynote by Stephen Pruitt.  Stephen Pruitt Dr. Pruitt, vice president for content, research and development at Achieve, Inc.External Link, leads the development of the Next Generation Science Standards for Achieve Inc. 

Dr. Pruitt will address the role of college and career readiness in state math and science standards.  Following the keynote, attendees may attend the lunch and a discussion session with Dr. Pruitt.
Please contact Anne HornickelExternal Link if interested in attending this portion of the conference.  The first ten interested in attending the keynote may attend at no cost.  Beyond the 10 available guest passes, the fee is $25 per person.

Lake Superior Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9
South Pioneer HallFIRST Robotics
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

If you have never seen the excitement of a FIRST Robotics competition, come and cheer on the teams at the Lake Superior regional competition on Friday, March 8th or Saturday, March 9th at the DECC.

Winners advance to the FIRST championship competition in St. Louis on April 24 - 27, 2013.

Northeast Minnesota STEM Network Meeting Attracts Overflow Audience

Over 100 stakeholders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development attended the first meeting of the Northeast Minnesota STEM Network on November 8, 2012.  This event brought together business, education, civic, and community leaders who have a stake in improving STEM education and workforce development in Northeast Minnesota. 

NE MN panelists 11.8.12 The meeting began with a panel presentation about Northeast Minnesota STEM education and workforce development.  Steve Kelley, a board member of SciMathMN and Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, presented on the value of STEM Networks and in particular, a regional STEM Network in Northeast Minnesota.  Inez Wildwood of Allete, Inc. gave remarks on the value of STEM to Northeast Minnesota's future workforce.  Tom Jamar of Jasper Engineering followed with remarks about the Hibbing Engineering Advisory Committee.  Aaron Fischer, superintendent of Esko Schools, talked about working with the business community to prepare students for post-secondary education.  Nathan Meyer of University of Minnesota Extension described how educational opportunities outside the classroom contribute toward students' interest in STEM.

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Attendees then met in small groups to discuss goals, short-term initiatives, and next steps for the network.  The groups shared their conclusions with the whole audience at the conclusion of the meeting.

Evaluation results were that 100% of respondents (N = 43 of 105 attendees) felt that the meeting was valuable or very valuable.  Ninety-nine percent indicated that they would likely attend another meeting or recommend another to attend.

A leadership team has formed to help guide the collective work of the Northeast Minnesota STEM Network.  The team, listed at left, will determine when to hold the next regional meeting.

Thanks again to the sponsors who made it possible to offer the November 8th meeting without a registration fee.

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Green Inventor's Competition at the

Iron Range Earth FestEarthFest logo

Saturday, April 6
Mountain Iron, MN

The Green Inventor's Competition invites youth grades 4-12 to propose a sustainable solution to an everyday problem.  The competition fosters pre-engineering and design techniques that promote sustainability in the Iron Range Community.  Judging the morning of April 6th will select winners based on creativity, originality, practicality, value/benefit of the invention, clarity of poster presentation and quality of the scale model.

The Iron Range Earth Fest will take place at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Merritt Elementary School off of Route 169. Questions about the context, expectations or entry procedures of the Green Inventors Competition may be directed to Jim DeVriesExternal Link.

The Iron Range Earth Fest in 2012 attracted 1,200 attendees--in a snow storm!

Email: info@scimathmn.orgExternal Link