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Minnesota: A History of the Land is a four-part video series that chronicles changes in Minnesota's landscapes from the time of glaciers to today's urban sprawl, exploring the ways humans and nature have shaped Minnesota. Companion student curriculum and viewers guides are available.
Attend campus concerts and explore other musical opportunities.
Music performances by U of M music students
Juniors and seniors in a MN public, private, charter, or home school who meet certain requirements may enroll in classes at UMC.
Juniors and seniors in a MN public, private, charter, or home school who meet certain requirements may enroll in classes at UMD.
Theater performances by U of M Theater students
K-12 students, parents and educators can arrange to visit campus and participate in an activity featuring art in the museum's collection or the inventive architecture of Weisman's Frank Gehry-designed building.
The Bell Museum provides a variety of STEM programming such as natural history diorama tours, science lab programs and ExploraDome shows to PreK - 12 school groups as well as summer camps and weekend programs to youth and families.
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The Boulder Lake Environmental Education Program focuses on full-scale natural resource management and ecological research education. Located just 18 miles north of Duluth, Boulder Lake Management Area is an active “working forest” surrounding a hydroelectric power reservoir. Our outside classroom includes access to lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands, bogs, gravel pits, and forests. The diversity of plants and animals, cultural history, and ongoing stewardship of land and water make Boulder Lake Management Area an ideal setting for education.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities and The University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Neuroscience faculty, graduate students, and staff volunteer their time to reach fifth and sixth grade school children in the Metro area and greater Minnesota and teach them about the brain and the nervous system. In addition, the BAW program is proud to sponsor the Brain Bee, a neuroscience based competition for high-school aged students (ninth thru twelfth) each year.
Personalized campus visits, campus visits days and VIP provides an in-depth look at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Students and families can expect to: learn about UMR's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program; interact with current students, faculty and staff; go on a full tour of campus and housing; go on a historical walking tour at Mayo Clinic.
College in the High School (CIHS) is a University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) program that delivers University courses, in collaboration with area high schools, to advanced high school students.
Educational program delivered in schools or non-UM locations. Education is focused around the topic of improving skills to make wiser decisions about money and other financial resources.
We provide activity books for youth in grades K–3 and 4–6. These books feature fun games, puzzles, and coloring pages to help children learn about science, wellness, math, and health professions. Ojibwe culture and language give the activities special meaning.
We are a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Toddler, Pre-school, Youth “Learn to Swim” aquatics program. Swim lessons are taught by qualified instructors who put learning, safety, and individualized instruction first. Private lessons are available by appointment.
The Operation Man Interactive Exhibit features a 6-ft tall, 3-ft wide interactive game similar to Hasbro’s classic board game, Operation. Our life-size interactive game features medical devices instead of the silly body parts (butterflies, funny bone, adam’s apple, etc).The exhibit attendant will walk individuals (usually children) through the game and explain the function of each device.
The Medical Devices Center (MDC) offers tours of the brand new, state-of-the-art facility that is configured to promote interdisciplinary medical device development including needs assessment, creative brainstorming, prototyping and testing. The core facilities lab features state-of-the-art high-tech equipment that allows researchers to view surgeries in 3D, with prototyping facilities that include a CAD/Precision Instruments Lab, a wet lab to study biological issues, and Mechanical and Electronics fabrications centers.
The Minnesota Writing Project is a National Writing Project site committed to improving student literacy through the development of the leadership, voice and professionalism of teachers. By supporting and developing teachers, MWP facilitates ongoing learning and collaboration among teachers, empowering them to meet educational goals and challenges.
Occasionally MWP hosts a Young Writers Conference for local school districts.
Free downloadable classroom activities on lithography and nanofabrication.
We offer a variety of paddling and climbing adventures such as sea kayaking on Lake Superior, whitewater kayaking and canoeing on the St. Louis River and rock climbing on area rock outcroppings for camps, schools, community organizations, churches or foreign exchange programs. All participants learn about appropriate risk-taking, trust, teamwork, and building self-esteem.
Physics Force presents demonstration shows to K12 students and the general public. During January, K8 students are bused into Northrop with their teachers for approximately 1 hour shows. Shows are performed at K12 schools upon request and at various University functions including the CSE Family Fun Fair and STEM Day and the UM stage at the State Fair.
We have both a portable and a fixed planetarium which supports 30 to 60 participants. The Marshall W Alworth Planetarium @ UMD hosts public or private events, birthdays, full dome movie showings, etc. We will bring the portable dome out to K-12 settings and Tribal colleges on Native American reservations and communities with the intention of promoting STEM with stars to underrepresented communities.
Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that engages volunteers in the biosurveillance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is an invasive beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees nationwide. EAB was found in Minnesota in 2009 and continues to spread into new areas. Wasp Watchers volunteers help us detect EAB with the help of a harmless, beetle-hunting wasp. Volunteers of all ages can easily watch a wasp colony and collect their beetle prey to check for EAB presence. All needed supplies will be provided.
The U of M's nationally accredited College in the Schools (CIS) program brings U of M faculty together with high school teachers to offer U courses in high schools. CIS also hosts 45-65 student field days each year, bringing students to the U of M-TC campus.