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STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair returns August 21 with 3M as its presenting sponsor

STEM Day features 25 exhibitors and is hosted by the Minnesota STEM Network.
STEM Day features 25 exhibitors and is hosted by the Minnesota STEM Network.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski ’10

The fifth annual STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) returns for the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Underwritten by 3M, STEM Day features 25 exhibitors and is hosted by the Minnesota STEM Network and organized by volunteers from the Minnesota High Tech Association, High Tech Kids, MTS Systems Corp., St. Catherine University, St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota.

STEM Day at the State Fair will be located in Carousel Park, just outside the fairground’s grandstand.

Fair-goers of all ages will enjoy hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations from a diverse array of exhibitors and organizations. A performance stage will feature entertaining experiments and demonstrations.

Each organization will highlight STEM demonstrations and activities to teach children how to participate in STEM-oriented activities, and illustrate how the objects, systems and buildings we encounter every day are driven by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“3M is pleased to once again sponsor STEM Day at the Fair,” said Meredith Crosby, director of 3Mgives. “This is a wonderful opportunity to generate excitement and inspire interest in STEM in a fun and entertaining way.”

2014 STEM Day at the State Fair Participants

Bell Museum of Natural History/Planetarium

MTS Systems Corporation/Excelen

3M Visiting Wizards/Sparticl


Cedar Park Elementary STEM School

American Public Works Association - Minnesota Chapter

Minnesota Future City Competition


FIRST Robotics, GOFIRST, High Tech Kids, KidWind (10 x 20 tent)

STARBASE Minnesota (20 x 30 tent)

AirSpace Minnesota

University of Minnesota STEM Education Center

St. Cloud State & MTEEA

MN Space Grant


Info - SciMathMN

St. Cloud State University STEM Initiatives

Minnesota Zoo

MN State High School Mathematics League

Science Museum of Minnesota/U of MN Monarch Lab

Boston Scientific

National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University

The Works Museum

Additional Sponsors

In addition to 3M, sponsors of this year’s STEM Day at the State Fair also include: ATK, Boston Scientific, CenturyLink, H.B. Fuller, MTS Systems Corp., the Nerdery and Thomson Reuters.

For more information

Visit STEM Day at the State Fair on Facebook.

Aug. 15, 2014 by Julie Michener

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