Past Grants

ND STEM Grant Awards for Regional Student Events

Fiscal YearRegion# of StudentsEvent LocationGrant AwardDescription
GRAND TOTALS5,758$42,805
2016Southeast580Jamestown Middle School and
University of Jamestown
$4,998Two parallel STEM events for junior high students were held March 9, 2016. Grade 6-8 boys attended STEMtastic at Jamestown Middle School. The girls’ event, Tech Savvy, was held at the University of Jamestown. STEMtastic was a full-day event, which started with an Engineering Design Challenge Competition involving the design, construction, and flight testing of paper airplanes. Next, 20 presenters from various professional STEM fields offered 13 different hands-on sessions. Nearly 300 boys from the following schools rotated through the sessions: Jamestown, Kensal, Pingree-Buchanan, Montpelier, and St. John’s Academy. Tech Savvy was a full-day STEM event that started with an Engineering Principles overview and design challenge. Next, 24 professionals from a variety of STEM fields lead 18 different hands-on sessions. The 280 girls in grades 6-8 attended three hands on workshops of their choosing. The day concluded with a keynote speaker from NDSU engineering on feeding the world with technology. Students attending were from: Jamestown, Kensal, Pingree-Buchanan, Montpelier, and St. John’s Academy.
FY 2016 Totals580$4,998
2017Northwest176Raymond Family Community Center, Williston ND$2,721We held STEM Day for 8th graders on Wednesday-April 19th from 9:30 -2:00 pm. The goal of STEM day was to get students interested in STEM, get them thinking about high school classes and careers.
The students rotated through different stations that were 50 minutes in length so the students were able to attend 4 of the 14 stations available. The students heard about the education needed from presenters and did a hands-on activity at each station.
There were 176 students, all 8th graders, from 9 school districts:
Alexander, Bowbells, Divide County, Grenora, Powers Lake, Ray, Tioga, Eight Mile, and Williston Public.
2017Southwest41Bismarck Career Academy$4,426The MRACTC STEM Class it taught online to 11 schools. All schools came to Bismarck fot a one-day design challenge and career tours of local businesses. The tours were Doosan and the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence.
The design challenge was how to build and fly a FlyBrix Drone. We believe this was a productive challenge because the 41 students who participated wer able to build, test and evaluate a wide variety of drone designs.
2017Southeast600Jamestown Middle School and
University of Jamestown
$5,000Two parallel STEM events for middle school students (grades 6-8) were held on March 7, 2017. The boys attended STEMtastic at Jamestown Middle School. The middle school girls’ event, Tech Savvy, was held at the University of Jamestown. Local industry partners also contributed to the funding of the events.
STEMtastic was a full-day event, which started with a keynote presentation from the ND Space Grant Consortium, “NASA in North Dakota – Not just for astronauts!” Next, 20 different volunteer presenters from various professional STEM fields offered hands-on sessions for the students throughout the day. Over 300 boys from the following schools attended: Jamestown, Pingree-Buchanan, Montpelier, Gackle-Streeter, Medina, Hillcrest School, and St. John’s Academy. Students also had the opportunity to attend a special session from Dr. Kristi Jean, “Your Future Role in our High-Tech World.”
Tech Savvy was a full-day STEM event that started with a presentation from Katherine Young, titled “Not a Cover girl: Reaching Your Dreams.” Next, the girls rotated through several of 19 available hands-on sessions provided by STEM career professionals. They also attended a special session from Cathy Williams, titled “A Mindset for Success: Living up to your Full Potential” and the same keynote address from Dr. Kristi Jean described above. Over 300 girls from the same school districts listed above attended.
FY 2017 Totals817$12,147
2018Southwest801Turtle Lake/Mercer, Glen Ullin, Hebron, Hazelton/Moffit/Braddock, Linton, Strasburg, Garrison
by Gateway to Science
$3,640Each school’s students were split into multiple groups to engage in design challenges in a carousel fashion. The design challenge topics were as follows; aerodynamics, length, weight distribution, estimation, friction, design principles, electricity, magnetism, and hypothesis generation. Each had the statement of problem and materials for first design and testing.
2018Northwest245Minot State University$1,048MDEC sponsored STEM Day of Learning for grades 245 4th-5th students from 4 school districts (United, Surrey, Velva, Minot). STEMThe event was held April 13. We partnered with Minot State University where students engaged in multiple design challenges.
Each school’s students were split into multiple groups to engage in design challenges in a carousel fashion. The design challenge topics were as follows; aerodynamics, length, weight distribution, estimation, friction, design principles, electricity, magnetism, and hypothesis generation. Each had the statement of problem and materials for first design and testing.
2018Northeast150University of North Dakota$908The University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines hosted STEM day March 27th, 2018 with activities from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geography, Chemistry, Biology Petroleum Engineering, Space Studies, Air Traffic Control, Scrubs team from the Medical School, Nutrition & Dietetics, Physics and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
We had a female speaker come in from ComDell Innovation, LLC from Wahpeton North Dakota to talk about projects they are working on and how STEM relates. Taking what students learn from the day and how to apply it in the real world.
The University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines hosted STEM day with approximately 150 students
from six area schools attending. (Thompson, Cavalier, Manvel, Twining, Grand Forks South and Larimore.)
2018Southeast442University of Jamestown$3,190The 4th Annual Jamestown Regional STEM event for Stutsman County was held on March 15, 2018 on the Campus of the University of Jamestown. This is the first year Tech Savvy and STEMtastic were held at the same location. A total of 442 7th and 8th grade students particpated in the event. The students came from Gackle-Streeter, Hillcrest, Jamestown, Litchville-Marion, Medina and Pingree-Buchanan.
The day consisted of may different 50-minute hands-on session, which were led by STEM professionals from all around the state. Students also engaged with a keynote speaker.
FY 2018 Totals1,638$8,786
2019Northwest378Dakota College$2,264Dakota College at Bottineau in collaboration with North Central Education Cooperative hosted a regional STEM Day on March 11, 2019 for middle school students in grades 7 – 9 to promote interest among the students for pursuing career in STEM fields through hands on projects. Our STEM Day project included the use of 19 hands-on project stations. About 30 business and industry representative participated in the hands on project stations.
378 students from 12 schools including Bottineau, Dunseith, Newburg, Rugby, St. John, TGU-Towner, TGU-Granville, TMCS Middle School, Westhope, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, Ojibwa Indian School, and TMCS-High School attended our STEM Day.
2019Southeast471University of Jamestown$3,978The 5th Annual Jamestown Regional STEM event for Stutsman County was held on March 7, 2019 on the Campus of the University of Jamestown. A total of 471 7th and 8th grade students particpated in the event. The students came from Gackle-Streeter, Hillcrest, Jamestown, Litchville-Marion, Medina and Pingree-Buchanan.
The day consisted of may different 50-minute hands-on session, which were led by STEM professionals from around North Dakota. There was a keynote speaker and a welsome and closing from the UJ President.
2019Northeast197Mayville State University$2,553On April 13, 2019 over 300 children, parents, teacher education candidates and community partners attended the Mayville State University STEM Carnival. Attendees were from 13 different communities around the area including: Buxton, Cooperstown, Crookston, Finley, Fargo, Galesburg, Grand Forks Hatton, Hillsboro, Manville, Mayville, Northwood, Perham, Portland and Thompson.
Our goal was to expose a wide range of attendees to explore all of the different aspects of science. Activities of the day included planting marigolds, hands on experiments creating a blizzard with artificial snow, boat building, learning about ND rivers, building catapults, robotic mice, ultraviolet astronauts, and kaleidoscopes, using a green screen, snap circuits, Osmos and completing Lego challenges. Teacher education students from Mayville State also helped attendees make shrinky dink magnets, bouncy balls, lip balm, bath bombs, slime and cotton candy.
2019Northwest216Minot State University$2,182The Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative sponsored a STEM Day of Learning for 216 area students in grades 4-5 from Edison, Bell, Dakota McKinley, Plaza, Kenmare, Sawyer and South Praire.
The STEM Day of Learning was held on Marth 11, 2019. MDEC partnered with Minot State University for the event. A local STEM for Girls group presented the design challenges, providing student attendees the opportunity to learn from other students.
Attending schools/students were split into multiple groups and were rotated through in carousel fashion. Multiple design challenges were presented in a wide variety of areas including coding. length, density, tension, aerodynameis and electricity.
2019Southwest791Napoleon, Jeanette Myhre, Garrison, Mott-Regent, Hebron, Underwood by Gateway to Science$3,897Gateway to Science outreach staff have been very busy during the spring semester, delivering hands-on Regional STEM programs. We visited 7 schools and community centers, primarily in rural communities. We are grateful for funding from the ND STEM Ecosystem that supported those programs.
2019At-Large670Mohall, West Fargo, Mandaree, Manvel by Gateway to Science$2,000Gateway to Science outreach staff have been very busy during the spring semester, delivering hands-on Regional STEM programs. We visited 4 schools and community centers, primarily in rural communities. We are grateful for funding from the ND STEM Ecosystem that supported those programs.
FY 2019 Totals2,723$16,874