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STEAM Summit Mission and Overview:
The STEAM Summit encourages over 2,000 middle and high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers by connecting them to business and higher educational institutions which offer STEAM courses in a highly interactive, hands-on format.
The future success of the Southeast Minnesota economy depends on a well-prepared pipeline of students with the education and skills needed to keep the region’s business and industry competitive. This summit brings together business, higher education, local government and our community to motivate and prepare students for an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
As a direct result of of STEAM Summit, our student surveys found of those who attended: 85% of the students had a positive, fun experience, 78% learned something that they could not have learned in the classroom and 57% identified a career or field that they'd like to pursue in the future.
STEAM Summit School Timeline
Tuesday, November 16, 9:30am to 2:15pm
- 8:50am | 1st Group Arrives
- *Send one teacher into the building to “check in” before allowing students off of the bus.
- 9:00am - 10:30am | 1st Group of Students
- 10:35am | 2nd Group Arrives
- *Send one teacher into the building to "check in" before allowing students off of the bus.
- 10:45am - 12:15pm | 2nd Group of Students
- 12:15pm - 12:30pm | LUNCH BREAK
- 12:20pm | 3rd Group Arrives
- *Send one teacher into the building to "check in" before letting students off of the bus.
- 12:30pm - 2:00pm | 3rd Group of Students
- Come ready to learn and engage with the exhibitors
- Ask questions about careers and the education needed for careers
- Dress appropriately for the weather, there might be exhibits outside
- Make timely, orderly transitions between zones
- Schedule school busing (see more details below)
- Ensure their students know the purpose of the STEAM Summit and their responsibilities
- Ensure their students make timely, orderly transitions between zones
- Teachers are encouraged to visit exhibits along with the students to help students engage
- Ensure the students have sufficient chaperones traveling with your group
- STEAM Summit staff and volunteers are not responsible for student behavior or engagement, however, volunteers in will be present to provide directions, information, etc.
- Designate a meeting location for your group to gather at the end of the event and communicate it to students (avoid the entrances to reduce congestion)
There are a total of 6 zones your students will transition through. Your class will be given the order in which to visit the zones upon arrival.
When it is time to move to a different group, we will give a loud signal. Students, chaperones, and their teachers should quickly move to their next zone. Quick transitions are very important so the students can experience as much as possible in the allotted time. Students will likely not be able to visit each exhibit. Help them scan the opportunities and engage as they wish. Encourage them to visit at least 5 exhibits (avg. 3 minutes or less) in each zone.
Rochester Public School District Bussing
Schools in the Rochester Public School District please coordinate your buses through First Student as you normally would.
Bussing for Schools Outside of Rochester Public School District
Schools outside of the Rochester Public School District are responsible for coordinating and covering their bussing.
For questions please contact Morgan Shaw, Member & Community Engagement Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, we are planning this event in accordance with the state guidelines to encourage the safety of all attendees and RCTC staff. Masks will be required for anyone participating in STEAM (students, staff, exhibitors) The format and timing of this event is subject to change. The Chamber will ensure that all sponsors, attendees, and members are notified of scheduling changes to this event.