More than a dozen of Minnesota’s most accomplished African American education and community service institutions have established a partnership to inspire and nurture STEM talent in North Minneapolis.
The Northside STEM District builds a pipeline of talent that starts in preschool, moves into K-8, is complemented by summer and out-of-school experiences, and culminates with STEM credentials. This network’s collective emphasis on awareness, access, education, and training is preparing workers of today, tomorrow and the future.
The goal of this initiative is to provide access to equipment, materials and STEM experiences; to increase connections with African-American STEM professionals; to include employers as partners in volunteering their time, talent and jobs; and to engage parents and neighbors as supporters, leaders, and advisors.
Partners in this STEM initiative include:
STEM Fest &
STEM Saturdays feature fun and educational hands-on opportunities for children and their parents to explore STEM topics like chemistry, magnetism and renewable energy. Experiential learning activities lay a foundation of STEM principles and inspire career pathways. We also host annual STEM Fest events, a day of hands-on demonstrations and activities.
Teen Tech Center
Summit Academy welcomes middle and high school students ages 13-18 to its Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The center offers the workforce of tomorrow access to cutting-edge technology, allowing them to explore and express themselves artistically, and discover career pathways. Teens can explore a range of activities including graphic design, film production, robotics and music production. The goal is for teens to be creators and inventors, and not just consumers of technology.
To meet the needs of the workforce of today, Summit’s IT training program has recently expanded to include Application Development, Cybersecurity and Service Desk specialties. This expansion is timed to help meet the demand for middle-skill IT jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees.