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!


WHO: Any STEM Educator (In, Out, or Beyond the Classroom) working with 3 – 12 grades.
WHAT: Opportunity to become trained in various STEM curriculum and programs. Attendees will be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: Century College | 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
COST: $50 Earlybird (ends July 1, 2020); $75 After July 1, 2020
DEADLINE: Registration Due July 29, 2020

The registration link above will direct you to the MSU, Mankato event registration page.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund if the registration cancellation request is received by July 29.

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, and manufacturing industries. The curriculum features were designed for educators with or without a background in these fields.

Keynote Address

The Experiential Learning Model: Research-Based Best Practices to Facilitate Learning-by-Doing

Presented by Mike Compton, Director of Minnesota 4-H STEM Programs

Training Options


The Minnesota State Engineering and Agricultural Centers of Excellence are excited to share their newly released, FREE curriculum STEM+Ag Career Pathways for 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade. Utilizing learning Experiential Learning Model, the STEM+Ag Career Pathways Curriculum focuses on exploring student interest in STEM within the context of careers in agricultural industries. This curriculum is appropriate for in- and out-of-the-classroom and is a great fit for science teachers, CTE teachers, and youth-serving organizations.

During this three-hour training, educators will get an in-depth experience with two lessons, as well as gain a clear understanding of how to implement this curriculum as a complete unit or use it to supplement existing programs.

Educators in attendance will receive a printed copy of the curriculum.


The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence is excited to share its newly developed Explore Engineering Kits and Curriculum for 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade! This FREE curriculum is designed to inspire interest in engineering-related careers among students, increase educators’ self-efficacy to teach basic engineering principles to their students, and support educators in teaching STEM principles through hands-on lesson plans, tools, and resources. Framed by the Experiential Learning Model, it is appropriate for in the classroom or during out-of-school programs. Integrated within the curriculum will be aspects of Life Skill Development (including teamwork, effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative thinking), Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Literacy. This is an excellent resource for all STEM educators!

Scholarship / Reduced Fee Opportunity

Through grant support from the Boston Scientific Foundation and Perrigo Foundation, select educators can qualify for a reduced registration fee ($20) for the Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute or free half-day training that includes the Explore Engineering Kit & Curriculum Training Session, the Keynote address, and lunch. Educators will be selected through a brief application process and those selected will also receive a FREE Explore Engineering Kit ($500+ Value). Contact Melissa Huppert or complete the form here to find out if you are eligible!


HealthForce Minnesota, as the healthcare-focused Center of Excellence, is passionate about inspiring students for rewarding careers in health science. Knowing you as an educator inspire students on a daily basis, we will share experience-based curriculum resources that put middle school science curriculum into the context of health science. Working in health care requires a mastery of science as well as compassion.

These resources, which crosswalk to the “Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science” (MN Dept. of Education, 2019) will help you inspire your students by putting heart into your science curriculum (and hopefully generate more female cardiologists, more male nurses, and more minorities in health care professions in the future). We will also include expertise in STEM equity and how a healthcare context can inspire students who traditionally shy away from science.

Participants will get access to a dedicated website to build an ongoing community sharing curriculum resources and experiences about the medical context of middle school science curriculum.


Tentative and subject to change.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Check-in
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Welcome
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Training #1
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Keynote/Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Training #2
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Closing