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MNCEME Celebrates Partnership with Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

On November 17, 2016 MNCEME along with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota were proud to announce a partnership they have been working on since January along with many great activities and exhibits they have been able to collaborate on and purchase with funds from a grant Stephanie Zojonc, STEM Outreach Director for MNCEME wrote.

The grant funds were used to develop curriculum and provide materials for use at the museum to increase STEM outreach for pre-K and elementary students.  Activities include the Rigamajig large-scale building kit, the Spielgaben and other loose parts educational kits, light tables, microscopes, Lego WeDo construction sets, large TVs with mounts for facilitated instructional experiences, Build-It! Discs, and a Center of Gravity exhibit designed and constructed locally. These activities are rotated periodically to keep them fresh and exciting.

Follow the links for more information on the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and an article by the Mankato Free Press.

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

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

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE NEWS RELEASE, 3-4-2016

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