Northside STEM District

The Northside STEM District builds a pipeline of talent that starts in preschool, moves into K-8, is complemented by summer and out-of-school experiences, and culminates with STEM credentials. This network’s collective emphasis on awareness, access, education, and training is preparing workers of today, tomorrow and the future.

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The goal of this initiative is to provide access to equipment, materials and STEM experiences; to increase connections with African-American STEM professionals; to include employers as partners in volunteering their time, talent and jobs; and to engage parents and neighbors as supporters, leaders, and advisors.

Partners in this STEM initiative include:

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Best Buy
Teen Tech Center

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Summit Academy OIC welcomes middle and high school students ages 13-18 to explore cutting-edge technology in a space just for teens! The free drop-in center is a place for students to discover graphic design, film production, robotics, music production and more. Under the guidance of knowledgeable mentors, teens will use technology to create, invent and build a foundation for school and career success!

For more information, contact Brynne Crockett at 612-278-7356 or

STEM Fest &
STEM Saturdays

STEM Fest and STEM Saturdays engage youth in grades K -12 and their parents in the world of science, technology, engineering and math! These community-based events happen the first Saturday of every month and rotate to different locations throughout the Northside STEM District.

STEM Fest on May 2 will include hands-on activities from across all STEM disciplines, and STEM Saturdays focus on a single STEM principle such as chemistry, magnetism or renewable energy. Fun, interactive experiences introduce real-world learning opportunities to inspire future STEM professionals!

For more information, contact Jalonda Combs at 763-732-2921 or

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Northside STEM District volunteers give back to their community by engaging with youth in hands-on STEM fun. Volunteers play a vital role in the experiences we provide to the community and we value their partnership in developing STEM talent for today, tomorrow and the future. 

Interested in volunteering? Fill out the volunteer interest form.