STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair returns August 24

July 25, 2017

The eighth annual STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) returns for the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m., in the newly renamed Dan Patch Park (formerly Carousel Park) just outside the grandstand.

STEM Day features over 30 participants who will share hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations including robots, rocketry, computer coding and animals designed for children of all ages. Each organization will involve children and adults in STEM-oriented activities and illustrate how the objects, systems and buildings we encounter every day are driven by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

A performance stage will feature entertaining experiments and demonstrations, including:

9 a.m.              U of MN Raptor Center

10 a.m.            Physics Force

10:45 a.m.       MN Department of Education Presidential Award Finalists

11 a.m.            WCCO — Weather Science

Noon                U of MN Raptor Center

1 p.m.              Physics Force

2 p.m.              WCCO —Weather Science

3 p.m.              The Bakken Museum —Small Stuff, Big Deal

4 p.m.              America’s Fun Science

STEM Day at the State Fair is an initiative of SciMathMN, a nonprofit statewide organization that advocates for effective, engaging, and rigorous STEM education opportunities for all Minnesota students, preparing them for citizenship, career, and college. The day is hosted by the Minnesota STEM Network and is organized by volunteers from MTS Systems, Seagate, St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota.

2017 STEM Day at the State Fair Participants

3M Visiting Wizards

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota


The Bakken Museum

Bell Museum of Natural History

Blue University

Boston Scientific

Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota

Code Savvy

Eastview Lightning Robotics

Emerson Process Management

FIRST Robotics Team 2169 KING TeC

FIRST Robotics Team 2667 Knights of the Valley

Ft. Snelling Cadet Squadron, MN 131, Civil Air Patrol

Girls Inc. at YWCA of Minneapolis


High Tech Kids

The Learning Jet

Market Science

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium


Minnesota Zoo

MTS Systems Corporation

NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium

National Association of Rocketry

Orbital ATK

Osseo Area Schools, Kidstop

Play Quiz Bowl

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Program

TPT-TV, “SciGirls”



Smiths Medical

Society of Women Engineers – Minnesota Chapter

STEM Bunnies

The Works Museum

“WOW Wind Power,” YIMA Youth Aviation Academy and Blattner, Inc.


Platinum sponsors: 3M, Boston Scientific, and Smiths Medical

Silver sponsor: Seagate Technology, Orbital ATI<

T-shirt sponsor: MTS Systems Corp.

Tote bag sponsor: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

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