Thirty teachers from fifteen schools have been awarded STEM Mini-Grants to develop new curriculum for projects that will engage students in hands-on projects during the 2011-12 school year.


Click on the schools below to see a description of their Mini-Grant project.


Al-Amal School: Creating a Schoolyard Wildlife and Pond Habitat with Weather Station.

Central MN Christian School: Foss Hands-On Science and Night of Science Community Event.

Community Christian Middle School: Keeping Our Pond Water Quality Investigation.

Cotter Jr. High School: Modeling Renewable Energy Sources.

Gethsemane Lutheran School: Bridging the St. Croix: The Stillwater Bridge Project.

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy: Modeling Physics.

Maranatha Christian Academy: Rocketry: Blast-Off to Success.

Mayer Lutheran High School: Simple Machines!? Not Really!

Minnehaha Academy: STEM Human Anatomy and Physiology.

St. Croix Lutheran High School: Indoor Aquatic Ecosystem.

St Francis-St. James United School: From Greenhouses to Growing Green Plants.

St. Mark’s School: Growing STEMS of Creativity.

St. Pascal Baylon School: T.E.A.M. (Together Exploring About Math).

St. Paul Preparatory School: Robot Design: From Concept to Construction.

Southwest Minnesota Christian High School: What’s So “Fishy” About the Redwood River? And, Why Is It So Important?


Academy of Holy Angels: Make the Connection.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s: Mobile Applied Learning Project.







We will create a schoolyard habitat and learning area for our students to learn about wildlife, water and soil quality, plants, aquatic life, and weather. The entire process of planning, building and maintaining a schoolyard habitat provides a wide range of benefits to students, teachers and the community. The key student outcomes of Schoolyard Habitat will be to introduce students to life sciences, ecology, wildlife biology and scientific observations by serving as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on activities about the natural world. The project will promote cross-curricular activities to support student engagement not only in Science, but in Social Studies, and Mathematics as well. Our team hopes to bring science to life by using the habitat to test water and soil samples, study/create ecosystems, observe and collect weather data to study patterns, as well as instilling a love of nature in our students.


Al-Amal School Yard Curriculum Overview

Al-Amal A.2.1 Investigate-Keeping Green