Join us for an inspiring one-day field trip for students in grades 5-8 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. This event challenges your students’ creativity, strengthens their problem-solving skills, and ignites their imagination while attending three outstanding breakout sessions and a dynamic opening performance. Be a part of this exciting day that brings students together with STEM and arts professionals.


Registration fees are based on Metro ECSU membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, check the updated list here.

January 12

Metro ECSU Member: Early Bird $39/student
($41 after November 1)
Non-Member: Early Bird $53/student
($55 after November 1)

8:30am – 1:15pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota

At CreativeCon, students learn…

Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

Creativity is necessary for higher education and all careers.

Creativity is an essential part of problem solving.

2022 Session Examples:

Art of Geometry: An ellipsis is a circle that has been stretched in one direction. We will explore examples of ellipses, and you will learn to construct your own ellipses of varying dimensions. As the ellipses take on different sizes and shapes, geometric art is born!
Awesome Origami: Anything can be created with origami: french fries, a car, a lily, a book with pages, a snake with scales…the possibilities are endless! In this session, we will make a colorful modular spinner using one piece of paper, no cuts, and no glue. You’ll be amazed at what can be done with paper and your imagination.
Building Bridges: Work in teams to build a 6-foot-long truss bridge. Each team will have people acting in different roles, just like in a real construction project. You’ll build the bridge, test it, crawl through it, and then demolish it! Learn about the different forces engineers must design for, and how they play out in a real bridge that carries traffic (you!).
Draw to Communicate: Is a drawing a drawing? Or can it be something else? Students will be introduced to basic cartooning exercises that highlight how a cartoonist draws to communicate information–not just to make pretty pictures.
San Juanito Dance: San Juanito is a native musical genre of the Andes that originated from Otavalo, Ecuador. It became popular at the beginning of the 20th century, and the rhythm expanded to other Andean zones. Dancing the San Juanito expresses a meaning of unity, feeling, identity, and relationship with mother earth.


For more information about how your students can participate, or if you are interested in presenting, contact Madi Grove at 612-638-1514.

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