The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence have joined forces to offer the Minnesota State Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute as an interactive webinar series for educators. This had originally been planned as an in-person program, but due to COVID-related restrictions, it has been reformatted into an online structure. 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. Webinars will feature ready to implement activities and resources with guidance for implementing in virtual and distance learning settings. This series is designed to help educators inspire interest in students and set them on the right track to pursue career pathways that lead to high-demand (and high-pay in many cases) jobs in Minnesota.

Join us as we work together to inspire
the next generation of Minnesota’s workforce!


WHO: Any STEM Educator (In, Out, or Beyond the Classroom) working with middle (5th-8th) and upper (9th-12) grades.
WHAT: Professional Development and Educational Resources Webinar Series
WHEN: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month from Sept. 16 through Dec. 2!
COST: Free!

Attendees will be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Who Should Attend this Training?

Any STEM educator that seeks to inspire their students through hands-on, experiential-based STEM activities that connect directly with career pathways in Minnesota agricultural, healthcare, engineering, transportation, and manufacturing industries. The curriculum features were designed for educators with or without a background in these fields.

Webinar Topics

Sept. 16, 3:30-4:30 | Take a Break – Let Us Teach for a Day!

Our virtual tours, with accompanying thought-provoking assignments, will give you and your students an in-depth look at a variety of transportation and engineering-related industries. Specifically designed to engage students in career exploration and ongoing education, this activity is appropriate for all teaching and learning scenarios, including distance learning, hybrid classrooms, and in-person instruction. Elements are appropriate for MS and HS students.

Oct. 7, 12:00-1:00 | Engineering Design Challenges

In this session, we’ll explore Engineering Design Challenge online modules that can be used by individuals or with a classroom in-person, virtually, or at a distance! Students will learn about the Engineering Design Process and key STEM principles while working to solve a set challenge. This resource is suitable for middle school grades and up!

Nov. 4, 12:00-1:00 | Virtual Career Exploration

In the current situation of the global pandemic, much of the traditional career education outreach to middle and high school students has been limited or extinct. Therefore, many have needed to get creative. We have done so by offering Virtual Career Exploration events that provides students the opportunity to learn about careers directly from industry professionals, themselves. Join us to learn how  we created this by partnering with Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources industry professionals and how you can use it in your classroom.

Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 | “I’m just not a good test taker”

In this session, we’ll explore the topics of student anxiety and assessment. We’ll consider ways in which different students may be impacted differently by classroom practices and assessment techniques, and which sources of anxiety instructors may be able to modify with different assessment approaches.

Dec. 2, 12:00-1:00 | Food Products and Processing Careers Activity

Food Products and Processing Careers require coordination with many different fields. There are many opportunities to be involved in this field from front line employees that handle and prepare food to policymakers who make guidelines on how food can be prepared and handled. Through this activity, students will role-play as Packaging Engineers to design a s’more saving package. Teams will be challenged to design, build, and test packages to protect s’mores as they are transported to the store and ultimately into the consumer’s stomach!

This activity is part of the free curriculum, STEM+Ag Career Pathways, offered by the Minnesota State Engineering and Agricultural Centers of Excellence. Join this session to learn more!