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STEM Outreach

The Center is committed to leading efforts that increase the number of individuals pursuing STEM careers. From STEM camps and events for underrepresented students to administration of Minnesota’s Project Lead the Way, the Center believes interesting tomorrow’s engineers and technologists begins early. The Center regularly supports STEM events and summer camps throughout Minnesota.


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are viewed as fundamental elements in the preparation of our next generation. This is evidenced by President Obama’s goal of “moving our nation from the middle to the top of the pack in math and science education” and his focus on (a) hiring additional STEM teachers; (b) enhancing STEM literacy so students can think critically in key subjects; (c) improving the quality of instruction to help U.S. students perform competitively with those in other nations; and (d) expanding STEM education and career opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups (The White House, 2010).

To begin laying this foundation for students as they compete in the 21st century economy, educators and decision makers must continue to increase their understanding of various STEM education opportunities. They must also realize the need to establish support systems for diverse learners as they relate to STEM education, while at the same time recognize the economic impact of not moving in this direction.

MNCEME Supported Events For Diverse Learners

African-American Engineering & Academic Day: October 11, 2016
Girls Explore STEM Day: October 25, 2016
Latino Engineering & Academic Day (LEAD): November 8, 2016

Each of the Engineering & Academic Days provides students with the opportunity meet current professionals in the field of STEM, particularly engineering,  and get them familiarized with a higher education institution like Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Each event will includes a college preparation session, keynote speaker, lunch with student panel, hands-on activities and demonstrations by faculty, students and industry representatives like Bolton & Menk, Inc., Hormel Foods, LLC, and Verizon Wireless as well as a university tour that highlights the opportunities offered to students interested in engineering and other STEM disciplines.

Future Leaders Multicultural STEM Residential Camp


Camp conjures images of summer tie-dye projects, canoe races, and ghost stories by the campfire. Campers and parents expect an atmosphere of relaxation and exploration. They anticipate having both the time and the opportunity to learn new things.

Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME) partners create the same atmosphere with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps–minus the ghost stories and talent shows, perhaps! STEM camps are presented by each MNCEME partner in a range of formats with a variety of content: overnight summer camps, day camps, Friday camps, girls’ camps, elementary to high-school camps, engineering camps, space camps, and more.