The STEM Center continues to collaborate and partner with industry; school districts; S&T faculty, staff, and students to bring engaging STEM experiences to K-12 students within our reach. Programs include locally to nationally recognized events which have positively impacted the intellectual and inclusive wellbeing of both K-12 students and teachers of STEM as well as their immediate communities.
The 14th annual Celebration of Nations brings together the vibrant cultures and countries of our community in Rolla, starting with the Parade of Nations featuring flags carried by S&T international students and community members representing their home countries, marching bands, dignitaries, and the ever-popular camels. New this year is the mini-float competition. Learn how to enter.
Future City is a hands-on cross-curricular educational program that brings STEM to life! Future City starts with a question – how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, middle school students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The Missouri event is hosted at the Missouri University of Science and Technology by our partners at the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center.
The Rolla Merit Badge University was founded in 1974 by a group of UMR Eagle Scouts. Over the years it has grown into one of the preeminent MBUs in the country featuring STEM-focused merit badges in nuclear science, geology, and mining to name a few. This event, along with the NOVA/STEM mini-MBU, is hosted at the Missouri University of Science and Technology by our partners at the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center.
With a long-standing history, the Science Olympiad is described as the premier team STEM competition in the nation, providing standards-based challenges to 6,000 teams of K-12 students at 425 tournaments in all 50 states. The STEM Center at S&T has partnered with Science Olympiad to promote such collaborative efforts in STEM education as a community engagement priority in the country.
Fostering collaboration among STEM students, the STEM Center partners with First Tech Challenge where teams of 7-12 grade students design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Teams raise funds and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships.
S&T sponsors the annual STEM Day at the Capitol celebration and exhibit with Missouri Chamber’s Math and Science Coalition which hosts hundreds of students, educators and business professionals. The event showcases rare innovations underway in Missouri such as from Boeing, Honeywell, Pfizer, etc which inspire tomorrow’s STEM talent.