STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the State Fair was launched in 2010 to great success. Held the first day of the Minnesota State Fair in Dan Patch (formerly Carousel) Park, STEM Day has attracted more exhibitors and State Fair visitors each year. While new exhibitors have been added each year, we are reaching the limit of what the space can accommodate.
STEM Day 2019 is now being planned for the Opening Day of the State Fair, Thursday, August 22, 2019.This application helps the STEM Day Committee determine this summer’s roster of exhibitors. Please read the instructions carefully and provide as much specific and detailed information to assist our committee in its final selections. Full and complete applications will receive priority during the selection process.
STEM Day focuses on reaching K-12 youth, their families, and teachers.
Goals include:1. to communicate that STEM is fun and rewarding; STEM has a huge impact and benefit on our society; wonderful STEM career opportunities exist, both now and in the foreseeable future;2. to connect attendees to STEM resources throughout the state year-round.These messages are best communicated with hands-on activities that engage our target audience in critical and creative thinking skills and encourages them to question and seek answers that enhance their STEM knowledge. In your application please provide a detailed description of your activity. This will be integral in the selection process. Our goal is to present a broad representation of STEM fields with a variety of STEM activities and organizations. If you are interested in being part of this exciting STEM Day at the State Fair, please complete the form below by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
First Priority will be given to organizations which meet the following criteria (listed in order of importance):1. Organization’s mission and purpose pertain to and are based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.2. Organizations that are willing to collaborate and share exhibit space (if needed).3. Organizations that provide a hands-on, STEM-based activity focused on children and youth.4. Organizations from outside the Twin Cities metro area.5. Organizations new to the STEM Day event.6. Demonstrated goals to target audience.7. Appropriateness of planned activity.8. Organization’s ability to underwrite their activity.
Other factors that influence the committee’s decision:1. Non-profits must be registered in the state of Minnesota.2. For-profit companies and organizations are restricted from conducting commercial operations by State Fair policy.3. Sponsorship of STEM Day.4. Organizations have a mechanism for community engagement in STEM or a record of volunteer service to the community in STEM activities.5. Date of submission of the applicationExhibitors are asked to have demonstrations and interactive events centering around one or more of these topics:- Activities for children/parents outside of school (or perhaps school field trips)- Promoting STEM activities in school – providing programs or support in advancing STEM- Career, College and beyond – education and employment opportunities in STEM fieldsPlease complete the form by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. You may send photos of your plans or past displays to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibitors selected will be notified in early June.