Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute

The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence have joined forces to offer the Minnesota State Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute. This program is a professional development opportunity for all types of educators teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related courses or out-of-school programs. The curriculum and programs on which we offer training are designed to inspire students and put them on track to pursue career pathways to rewarding careers in Minnesota. Join us as we work together to inspire the next generation of Minnesota’s workforce!


Engineering Machine Design Contest

The Engineering Machine Design Career Development program provides 6th – 12th-grade students the opportunity to engage hands-on with engineering and STEM principles. Teams of up to four students enter into the event a machine they engineer to complete a specific task. The specific task changes each year. Tams are evaluated on progress reports, a presentation, and the operation of their machine. This event generally takes place in the spring.


Explore STEM Summer Programs

The Explore STEM and Engineering summer programs provide 6th – 8th grades students the opportunity to explore various engineering and STEM disciplines through hands-on activities that utilize the engineering design process of ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve.


Advanced Career Curriculum

Teacher professional development. Since 2017, the Engineering Center of Excellence has advanced the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Advanced Career curriculum by providing teachers training and program support. Advanced Career is a project-based STEM curriculum for high school students. The curriculum prepares students for high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage career fields by guiding them through four increasingly challenging courses that teach students to apply literacy, math, science, and technology skills to solve workforce-based problems.