Welcome to Northside STEM!

We empower students of color by providing hands-on Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, activities and education that inspire
and prepare them to be workers of today, tomorrow and the future.

We're building a pipeline for strong, diverse leaders in STEM 

It is our vision to build a strong, diverse pipeline of STEM leaders and innovators within the North Minneapolis ecosystem where every student has an equitable opportunity to participate and thrive as contributing citizens within their communities.

Explore our programs


Join us for
STEM Saturdays!

STEM Saturdays feature a variety of free hands-on STEM-themed activities (students ages 6-16) such as robotics, cybersecurity, solar energy, sound, the human circulatory system
and more!


The Beast Mobile Innovation Lab

Take a virtual tour of the Beast Mobile Innovation Lab - a mobile classroom on a double-decker bus designed to innovate learning experiences through hands-on STEM education and programming.


Best Buy Teen
Tech Center

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a free drop-in space where youth can access cutting-edge technology to learn graphic design, film production, 3D imaging, music production and photography.



The Design Studio is a challenging and exciting program where teens learn about architecture, urban design and future STEM careers. Learn about the Design Studio and how you can register for the Fall cohort!



TechCONNECTS! is a new 12-week internship where students earn $15/hr. while learning essential skills and providing tech support to the Minneapolis community.

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Minneapolis - we're coming to an area near you!

The Beast Mobile Innovation Lab is a mobile classroom on a double-decker bus designed to innovate learning experiences through hands-on STEM education.

The Beast Mobile Innovation Lab will be parked in over 30 locations throughout the Twin Cities - giving youth an opportunity to cultivate creativity, innovation, mastery and exploration. STEM modules and lessons include:


Circuit and Renewable Energy

Scientific Inquiry Labs

3D Printing

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Madam C.J. Walker - Inventor

Madam C. J. Walker was the first Black woman millionaire in America and made her fortune thanks to her homemade line of hair care products for Black women. Walker invented the “Walker System,” which involved the creation of products for scalp preparation, lotions and iron combs.

Updated NSSTEM MAP - 09-2021

Northside STEM District partners

The Northside STEM District (NSSTEM), a youth division of Summit Academy OIC (in partnership with over a dozen education and community service organizations) provides hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, activities and events for children and families within North Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

Partners include (click below to view additional details)

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are taking precautions to guard against the COVID-19 virus at all of our STEM events. Masks must be worn at all times, equipment will be sanitized and hand sanitizer will be available. If you or a family member are ill, we ask that you do not participate in our event until you are well.

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