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Northside STEM District

Eleven 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:

Our Projects

As a partner in the Northside STEM District, Summit Academy is spearheading several initiatives in the community

Information Technology
Program Expansion

To meet the needs of the workforce of today, Summit Academy is expanding its adult IT training program. In the first year we trained 79 students — in partnership with Atomic Data — for high-demand, high-career growth jobs. In the second year, Summit will train 125 students and partner with more Minnesota employers to integrate an employer-driven curriculum model. This expansion is timed to help meet the demand for middle-skill IT jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees. Our service desk technician and network operation center technician training tracks are uniquely designed to address this demand.

Best Buy
Teen Tech Center

Summit Academy is excited to welcome middle and high school students ages 13-18 to its Best Buy Teen Tech Center later this year. The center will offer the workforce of tomorrow access to cutting-edge technology, allow them to explore and express themselves artistically, and discover career pathways. Teens will explore a range of activities including graphic design, film production, robotics and music production. The goal is for the teens to be creators and inventors, and not just consumers of technology.

STEM Fest &
STEM Saturdays

Summit Academy will introduce STEM Fest in Spring 2020, a day of hands-on demonstrations that will serve as the kickoff to monthly all-age STEM Saturday events. These community-based events will rotate to different locations throughout the Northside STEM District. STEM Saturdays will 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 will lay a foundation of STEM principles and inspire career pathways.

Get Involved

If you or your organization is looking to get involved in the Northside STEM District, contact Anne-Marie Kuiper at or