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STEM in Minnesota


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is critical to Minnesota's prosperity, developing workers with the skills to meet 21st century employment needs. Explore data, research, and resources to support people in STEM and address disparities by navigating the infographic below. Just click on the themes within each life stage or directly on any key measure.
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STEM cradle to career continuum
All young children require an environment supportive of early learning and development of skills that will enable them to succeed in school. Supporting young children in STEM also includes providing opportunities to introduce math and science concepts through fun, play-based activities.
Interest in STEM can be nurtured early. Hands-on and experiential learning opportunities encourage curiosity and confidence in understanding and applying STEM skills to everyday life. Providing both in- and out-of-school activities in elementary and middle school can build lifelong interest in STEM.
During middle school, students should have meaningful experiences that inspire, build connections, and help them see themselves in STEM. Students also need to build a solid academic foundation to succeed in high school math and science coursework, as well as the ability to apply STEM knowledge and skills to solving real-world problems.
Whether they plan to pursue college or a workforce training program, all students require a rigorous core math program in high school to prepare for their future. More advanced math and science coursework can provide a gateway to achievement and foster meaningful connections in STEM.
STEM-literate workers are critical to Minnesota's knowledge-based workforce. Our continued advancement as a state requires workers with the ability to innovate, solve complex challenges, and flourish in an environment with rapidly changing technology.

In addition to statewide data, STEM data are available at a variety of geographic levels. View a map of Minnesota Compass regions, and the counties within each region.


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Special thanks to Boston Scientific and Ecolab for sponsoring the STEM section of Compass.


As with all of the content on Minnesota Compass, information in this section is provided as a free resource to people working to better understand and improve the quality of life in Minnesota. For information and tutorials on how to find, use, and display data and graphs for your projects, visit the Compass Toolbox.

If your organization is interested in providing additional support to maintain and enhance this section, please contact Allison Liuzzi,