The MINNDEPENDENT STEM Program encourages and supports MINNDEPENDENT member schools in their efforts to introduce and enhance STEM education in their schools. The program offers financial support in the form of STEM Grants, product donations from corporate partners and subsidies for access to community-based STEM resources. The program also promotes teacher professional development through an annual STEM Education Conference and opportunities for teachers to network and share ideas.
Since piloting the STEM Grant Program in 2009, MINNDEPENDENT has raised funds for and awarded 235 STEM Grants exceeding $1 million. Grants have been nearly equally divided between high schools (54%) and elementary/middle schools (46%).