We all know science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are incredibly important to Minnesota’s economy. Right now, Minnesota simply isn’t producing enough engineers and scientists to meet the demand. One Minnesota non-profit is working to change that.
STARBASE Minnesota is working to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math in elementary school kids. Their innovative program exposes Minnesota students to exciting science experiments, model rocket launches, and high-tech engineering software.
When children arrive at STARBASE’s Fort Snelling location for the weeklong program, staff greet them wearing blue flight suits ready to take them in to a hands on world of science based learning. The organization isn’t just sparking a brief interest in science either. A recent study by the Wilder Foundation found that kids that participate in the program are more likely to graduate from high school on time, attend college, and pursue a career in a STEM field.
This spring, Governor Mark Dayton and DFL legislature provided $1 million dollars to the STARBASE organization, which is dedicated to providing Minnesota fourth- and fifth- grade students with a hands on experience in science, technology, engineering and math.
Programs like these are critical to closing our achievement gap and ensuring all Minnesota kids are prepared for a great job in a growing field like engineering or technology.