In the new global economy, [we] need a workforce with the knowledge and skills to compete. A new workforce of problem solvers, innovators, and inventors who are self-reliant and able to think logically is one of the critical foundations that drive innovative capacity... . A key to developing these skills is strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies in every K–12 student.
~ Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Agenda. National Governors Association, 2007.
MISF is committed to providing member schools and their teachers with the inspiration, support and professional development opportunities they need to ensure that MISF schools continue to provide excellent STEM educational experiences. We strive to strengthen and enhance the teaching of STEM subjects at MISF member schools by providing:
The MISF STEM Mini-Grant Program supports the development of new curriculum for hands-on student engagement projects in STEM for grades K-12.
All MISF member schools are eligible to apply for STEM Mini-Grants.
Grants are awarded in amounts up to $7500.
Mini-Grant funds may be used to offer teacher stipends and to pay for professional development that teachers may need to design and implement the project curriculum. Mini-Grant funds may also be used to acquire certain classroom resources and materials required for the new curriculum. Some limitations apply and are described in detail in the guidelines.
Guidelines and application forms for the 2012-2013 Mini-Grant Program are available here:
The student projects and curricula produced with the support of the 2012-13 Mini-Grants will be added to those developed in prior years and posted here on the MISF website. MISF member schools are encouraged to adopt and adapt these projects to enhance student engagement and learning in STEM in their schools.
Join us at our next STEM Teacher Seminar, which will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013!
Your generous donation of any size will help support MISF’s programs and initiatives. What a great way to help Minnesota’s kids receive a high-quality K-12 private and independent education.