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STEM Innovation Award

The STEM Innovation Award is presented in partnership with MESPA and the Science Museum of Minnesota. The new award gives principals the opportunity to share innovative programs and/or projects in their schools. An “innovation database,” created from entries for the award, will be made available to MESPA members, helping schools across the state replicate their colleagues’ successes. The Science Museum of Minnesota will provide $300 of programming to the recipient of the award and the recipient will be recognized at MESPA Institute awards banquet – The MESPYs – in February. 

 Any MESPA member can submit a project/program for consideration!

How to Apply: 

Any MESPA member can submit a project/program for consideration for the 2019 STEM Innovation Award. Completed application/nomination forms are due November 13, 2018. Send completed applications to mespa@mespa.net. 

Full application information will be posted when available.

In reviewing application, the award committee will look for projects/programs that:

  • Impact on School Community (solution or outcome oriented)
  • Replicable
  • Inclusive and supports diversity
  • Sustainable and/or has potential for growth


  • Who can apply for the award? Any Active Level MESPA Member may apply for the STEM Innovation Award.
  • Can my school submit more than one innovative program/project for consideration? No, schools can only submit one innovate program/project per year.
  • What type of STEM Innovations can be submitted? Any sustainable and/or growth-oriented program/project that encourages and celebrates STEM literacy can be submitted for consideration. Some examples are:
o   New learning opportunities for students
o   Different and innovative STEM teaching methods
o   Different and innovative forms of measuring STEM outcomes
o   STEM professional development and coaching opportunities for educators
o   In-School or Out-of-School STEM experience(s) for students
o   Engaging families or community partners in STEM curriculum

Congratulations to our 2018 STEM Innovation Award Winner: Cuyuna Range Elementary School

Principal Kurt Becker

Cuyuna Range Elementary School (CRES), located in Crosby, MN and a member of Crosby-Ironton School District 182 has been named the winner of the inaugural 2018 STEM Innovation Award. Principal Kurt Becker applied for the award on behalf of Cuyuna Range Elementary School.

Cuyuna Range Elementary School’s winning STEM Innovation project is a two-pronged program that includes a “Tech & Innovation” class as part of their specials rotation as well as an afterschool and summer program called “Bright Futures,” which features activities such as First Lego League, Rocketry Club, Destination Imagination, and Camp Invention.

Click here to read Cuyuna Range Elementary School's full press release. 
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