University of Minnesota's Science for All Program

Last year our 8th grade science teacher Heidi Smith, established a wonderful collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Science for All Program. These seven graduate students visit KIPP every other week to help our students cultivate an appreciation for evidence-based science and to promote interest in STEM careers. The specific lessons conducted at our school are posted on their website, all of which are structured to help students identify pertinent questions, conceive plausible hypotheses, and develop appropriate experiments. With funding from a Boston Scientific grant, KIPP students participated in a year-end field trip to the University’s Polymer Laboratory which was an amazing on-campus experience for our students. We intend for this to be a long-term partnership and it is already having significant impact as these energetic graduate students mentor and inspire our KIPPsters.