Registration now open for MN STEM Network annual meeting

Minnesota STEM Network -- Northeast Region
Science   -  Technology  -  Engineering  -  Mathematics 
See also below:
KIDS PLUS Pathway to Careers - October 29

Northeast Minnesota STEM Network Leadership Team

Background on the Minnesota STEM Network

Social media links

SciMathMN is a non-profit, statewide education and business coalition advocating for quality preK-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics scim_mainnav_r2_c1education based on research, national standards and effective practices.
Major initiatives include policymaker briefings, the STEM Teacher Center online resource and the Minnesota STEM Network.

Give to SciMathMN on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 14

Minnesota STEM Network Vision

All Minnesotans will actively engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a means toward lifelong learning, informed civic engagement, and a vibrant economy.

Minnesota STEM Network Leadership Team - Northeast Region

Mark Anderson
   LHB Corporation
Jim Arndt
   Duluth Public Schools
Moe Benda*
   Univ. of Minnesota Duluth
Wendy Carter
   Marshall School
Sandra Ettestad
   Duluth Aviation Institute
Paula M.J. Frings
   Maven Perspectives
Brian Gute
   Univ. of Minnesota Duluth
Peggy Hanson
   Minnesota Power   

Donald Hoag*
   Duluth Workforce   

Anne Hornickel
   SciMathMN Executive  

Theresa Hornstein
   Lake Superior College
Steve Korby
Marcel La Fond
   Duluth Aviation Institute
Tami Lichtenberg
   College of St. Scholastica
Nancy Litman
   Proctor Public Schools
Jeffrey Maas
   Duluth Children's Museum
Rebecca Meyer
   Univ. of Minnesota

Kathy Neff
   Univ. of Minnesota Duluth
David Nolle
   Boy Scouts/Voyageurs

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

Michelle Ufford*
   Northeast Minnesota
   Office of Job Training

Julie Varichak
   Cliffs Natural Resources
Lisa Vesel
   Minnesota Discovery

* Co-Chairs


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SAVE the DATE --Thursday, November 14, 2013

Second Annual Northeast Regional Meeting of the Minnesota STEM NetworkNE MN counties
8:00 - 11:45 am
Holiday Inn - Downtown Duluth
200 West First Street
Duluth, MN  55802

The leadership team of the Minnesota STEM Network Northeast Region invites stakeholders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development to attend the 2nd annual Northeast regional meeting. 

This event will bring together
business, education, civic, and community leaders who have a stake in improving STEM education and workforce development in Northeast Minnesota.  In 2012, the inaugural meeting attracted an overflow attendance of more than 100 STEM stakeholders.
The objectives of the 2nd annual regional meeting are:
- Networking - meet STEM stakeholders across sectors
- Update attendees on regional network development
- Build awareness of current status of interest and achievement in STEM
Invite attendees to work toward success markers proposed by leadership team

Keynote Speaker -- Caryn Mohr, Research Scientist at Caryn MohrWilder Research, will present STEM research and data pertinent to the Northeast region now available on the STEM Portal on MN CompassWith support from Boston Scientific, MN Compass has recently launched this new section within its education metrics which is devoted to portraying the current status of interest and achievement in STEM from cradle to career.  Explore it to discover the depth of data and research contained in it.

stem-cradle-to-career-600x3Free registration is now open. 

A continental breakfast and networking will open at 8:00 before the meeting begins at 8:30.

Parking is complimentary for meeting attendees.  Enter the attached covered parking ramp on West First Street.

This meeting is free to attendees, with thanks to our sponsors:

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with additional support from the University of Minnesota.

First Annual Regional Meeting Highlights

The 1st annual meeting of the Northeast Region was held on November 8, 2012, attracting STEM stakeholders in business, healthcare, education, government agencies, non-profits, extension programs and youth-serving organizations across the region.  A panel representing business, workforce development, K12 education, and informal education made the case for building a systems approach to STEM education and workforce development.  In small groups, attendees worked on refining statements about potential goals and initial actions for the regional network.  A leadership team formed as a result of the meeting, to work further on the input.  The leadership team which formed in January is listed at left.

Nov 8 small group wide angle


Minnesota STEM Network, an Outreach Initiative of SciMathMN

The Minnesota STEM Network engages practitioners, employers, funders, and advocates of STEM from all sectors in order to create a systems perspective for improving STEM education and workforce development.  We are challenged to engage students in STEM from preschool through post-secondary education and employment over a span of about 15 years or more. Many adults work to transition into a STEM career and parents play a critical role in supporting their students toward STEM.

STEM Network logoThe Minnesota STEM Network

- increases engagement in education
- builds community among stakeholders
- promotes STEM
- shares practices and resources and
- improves communications

By bringing STEM stakeholders together in regional networks, we can address this complex challenge by defining needs, addressing issues, and communicating more effectively to students, parents, and community members.

More Information to Come -- To join the Network's communications and receive updates on the planning of this meeting, please sign onto the communications at the Minnesota STEM Network webpage

More details on the meeting program and registration information will be provided in a subsequent update.
Direct questions about the 2nd annual meeting to Donald Hoag, Duluth Workforce Development; Moe Benda, University of Minnesota Duluth; Michelle Ufford, Northeast MN Office of Job Training; or Anne Hornickel, executive committee of SciMathMN.


KIDS PLUS Pathways to Careers
Tuesday, October 29, 9:30 - 2:30
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Presented by Northland Foundation

This engaging, hands-on learning opportunity is designed to help 10th and 11th grade students from northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin explore potential careers, as well as learn about the steps needed to become trained in their field of interest and reach their occupational goals.

All students will pre-register to attend two workshops of their choice and spend time in the Career Expo, featuring more than 80 interactive exhibits representing higher education, regional employers, workforce development organizations, and more!

Please promote students to attend the Pathway to Careers event.  Also, the Pathways to Careers planners are seeking exhibitors with hands-on activities or demonstrations of occupations for the Expo Hall.  If interested, contact Michelle Ufford.


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