STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

STEM education provides intentionally designed and linked learning experiences for students to develop and apply understandings of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts and processes. Integrated STEM education exemplifies standards-based, best practice instruction from each field to explore relevant questions and problems based in the natural and designed world. 

The Minnesota Department of Education supports STEM achievement for all learners by providing guidance and technical assistance on implementation of academic standards, current literacy best practices, multi-tiered systems of intervention, and STEM policy administration.

Standards and Assessments
Integrated STEM education intentionally links the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science (2009) and the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics (2007),as well as standards for Literacy in Science and Technical subjects included in the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010).

Special Projects
 
getSTEM is a web portal that connects more than a thousand Minnesota educators and businesses. The website provides a sharing network, allowing schools to request materials and human resources such as equipment, volunteers, speakers and judges. Businesses, in turn, offer materials, programs, and presentations to schools. getSTEM is a collaborative project of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota High Technology Council. Visit getSTEM and get started!

Recognition and Awards Programs
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Two teachers from each state receive the award each year. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Honorees receive a monetary award as well as a week-long professional development opportunity in Washington, D.C. Visit the Presidential Awards for Excellence website.

Resources for Professional Development and Technical Assistance

  • The Minnesota Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (MSTA) is comprised of regional teacher centers that provide high-quality professional development to teachers so they can effectively deliver the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in mathematics and science. The centers are funded through the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Title II B dollars. Learn more on the MSTA website.