4th Graders Take Part in STEM Projects at MSU

Posted: Mar 10, 2016 9:55 PM CST
Updated: Mar 10, 2016 10:57 PM CST

More than 60 fourth grade students at Roosevelt Elementary spent part of today working with MSU students learning about various STEM programs.

The students explored everything from mechanical engineering to biology and ecology.

This is the first time MSU has done something like this, to try and show kids what a college environment looks like.

“It’s honestly been so amazing, the kids are so engaged, they’re excited, everything that I went to, biology, ecology, and everywhere I’ve gone the kids have been saying, this is amazing.”

“We focus on a lot of STEM outreach K–12 outreach for getting kids exposed to STEM, and this is one of the initiatives we wanted to create, and we wanted to create that in our own backyard and in our schools, and having those relationships with our schools, and our kids so we can have a better relationship with them.”

The pilot program also featured students from Mankato West helping teach some of the lessons.

To read the original story and watch the video clip: http://www.keyc.com/story/31443098/4th-graders-take-part-in-stem-projects-at-msu

–KEYC News 12

Local 4th Grade Students to Explore STEM Programs at Minnesota State Mankato

Students will learn about science, technology, engineering and math programs


Mankato, Minn. – More than 60 students from 4th grade classes at Mankato Area Public Schools’ Roosevelt Elementary School will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato on Thursday, March 10 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to visit and interact with University students while learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

During their visit to the Minnesota State Mankato campus, the 4th graders will have an opportunity to participate in workshops in mechanical/civil engineering, biology, ecology, manufacturing engineering technology and computer information science.

The 4th grade students will divide into six groups, with approximately 10 students in each group. The groups will then have the opportunity to spend 15 minutes at six different stations.

Station locations are Wissink Hall 283 (computer information science); Trafton Science Center East 110/111 (mechanical/civil engineering); Trafton Science Center East 308 and Nelson Hall 101 (manufacturing engineering technology); Trafton Science Center South 160 (ecology); and Trafton Science Center South 262/266 (biology).

The visit was organized by the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME) and College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State Mankato in coordination with Mankato Area Public Schools’ Roosevelt Elementary School.

For more information on the visit, please contact Jason Bruns, director of the Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME), by phone at 507-389-1309 or by email at jason.bruns@mnsu.edu.

The Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME) is a consortium of two-year colleges located throughout Minnesota, led by Minnesota State Mankato. The goal of the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence is to develop forward-looking talent in engineering and advanced manufacturing, which is accomplished through STEM-based outreach, innovative degree programs and professional development.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions

March 3: Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

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Twenty Three teams of high school students from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin competed on March 3rd to design the most elaborate and hilarious (but also functional) ways to open an umbrella at the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The regional event lets high school students display their creativity, humor and ingenuity while learning about engineering.

The teams participating compete for a regional title and to qualify for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday, April 23 at the Waukesha Country Technical College in Pewaukee, Wis., where teams will compete to become the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Division II champion.

The results of this year’s competition are as follows:
1st Place**:  Beach Bums (Chatfield HS – Chatfield, MN)
2nd Place**:  Time Warp (Christ’s Household of Faith School – St. Paul, MN)
3rd Place:  Sharknado (Christ’s Household of Faith School – St. Paul, MN)
4th Place:  Bad Luck Brians (Christ’s Household of Faith School – St. Paul, MN)
5th Place:  New Prague Rube-E-Os (New Prague HS – New Prague, MN)
**Advance to Nationals

Other fun miscellaneous awards:

  • Best Use of Duct Tape / Most Duct Tape Used:  Rained Out – Southwest Minnesota Christian HS – Edgerton, MN
  • Team that Traveled the Farthest:  Team Elk Mound – Elk Mound HS – Elk Mound, WI
  • Best Drama:  Team Poppins – NRHEG HS – New Richland, MN
  • Most Optimistic:  Beach Bums – Chatfield HS – Chatfield, MN
  • Student’s Choice Award (given to team that best captured the “spirit of Rube Goldberg” and chosen by MSU engineering students) – Time Warp – Christ’s Household of Faith School, St. Paul, MN)

Designed to encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving for students of all ages, the STEM- (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM- (science, technology, engineering, art and math) friendly Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, according to its website, tackles the most mundane tasks and asks participants to create their own overly elaborate and hilariously conceived wacky contraptions that accomplish that task in honor of the competition’s founding father. The first National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest was launched in 1988.

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an engineer, sculptor, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who depicted overly complex machines performing simple tasks. The machines that he drew often were impossible to build and operate, but were entertaining because they defied implementation.

To view the KEYC TV news story on the competition: H.S. Students Compete for Most Unique Way to Open Umbrellas Without Hands.