Virtual STEMLink Subscription

December sessions featuring:


Paul Miller – Minnesota Department of Transportation

Straw Tower Construction Challenge

Your challenge is to engineer a way to use straws and tape to construct a tower that will hold a “bucket” (small cup) with increasingly heavy weight. You will make on-the-spot adjustments as you see weak points of the tower buckle or collapse. Designing, building, testing, and re-designing are all part of the challenge.

Paul Miller is an engineer with MnDOT. He has worked with many different aspects of road construction, and he’s excited to be part of our STEM outreach!


Tim Olson – Bolton & Menk, Inc. / APWA – MN

Build a Watershed

Build a watershed at home using supplies found around you. Learn about how rain washes over the land and make predictions about the path water will take. Use food coloring, glitter, and other visuals to simulate pollution and the direction it goes when rainfall becomes runoff.

Tim is a Professional Water Resources Engineer at Bolton & Menk, Inc. He specializes in natural resources planning; water quality practice design and construction; stormwater regulation; geospatial data processing and hydrologic/hydraulic modeling; and building partnerships for environmental protection and education.

November Sessions:

Heidi Ferris – Growing Green Hearts, LLC

Float Your Minnesota Boat

“Gichigami” means big water! Technology is the application of science…that means us with nature too. With Lake Superior in mind, can you master buoyancy and displacement? We will think, create, and play with enviroSTEM as you engineer your own boat using natural or recyclable materials.

Heidi Ferris is the founder and environmental STEM specialist at Growing Green Hearts, LLC. She is author, teacher trainer, outdoor/climate advocate, and community connector. Nature is the air we breathe, water we drink, pollinator habitat we plant, and more…let’s play and problem-solve!

Cory Stuber

Cory Stuber – Minnesota Department of Transportation

Keeping Bridges Safe

For the safety of vehicles, pedestrians, and structures, bridge designs include plans that help prevent the pooling or collection of water on bride decks. What do you think happens to water on a bridge when it rains, snow melts, or an event like a flash flood occurs? Controlling water movement and collection on bridges is an important part of the engineering process to ensure the safety of vehicles, their occupants and the structure itself. In this session you will explore how water moves across the surface of a bridge and how it can be directed to a specific place for collection. You’ll then design and construct your very own bridge draining system!

Cory is a Senior Bridge Engineer with MnDOT and graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has 15 years of structural engineering experience in the analysis, design & inspection of transportation structures working on a wide-range of bridge projects. Cory was first interested in Engineering early in High School when math became his favorite subject.

October Sessions:

Dr. Renee Nesnidal – Science From Scientists

Blood Typing

Recorded Session

Do you know your blood type? Why is this knowledge important? In this session, students will learn what features determine a person’s blood type through a virtual lab and investigate which blood types are compatible.

Dr. Renee Nesnidal is an atomic physicist specializing in laser and optical engineering. She is an instructor and the Outreach Coordinator for Science from Scientists. In her spare time she is a scout leader and soccer team manager.
Science from Scientists (SfS) is a nonprofit STEM enrichment education organization. Their mission is to inspire a wider variety and greater number of students — regardless of circumstances or means— to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Microsoft Volunteers


Code Your Own Video Game

Live Sessions: October 12 @ 10am & October 21 @ 1pm

Learn how to create your own video game with Microsoft! In this session, we will learn basic coding skills that will help create your own video game using MakeCode Arcade’s game simulator. Customize various aspects of your video game and share your completed work with others.

Virtual STEMLink Subscription includes:

  • Each session will be approximately 25-35 minutes and will provide a hands-on activity and an introduction to various STEM fields. Total time spent by student watching the video and completing the activity will be about 45-60 minutes. Live sessions will be recorded and posted on our site.
  • Live Q&A with a STEM professional (twice a month).
  • This blog will feature STEM professionals sharing what they love about their work, demonstrating tools of their trade, and providing a glimpse of their workplace.


  • Full-year subscription (October-May)
    • $30/student for Metro ECSU member schools/districts
    • $50/student for non-member schools/districts
    • $55/individual student/household registered by parents/guardians
  • Two-month subscription (must be consecutive months)
    • $15/student for Metro ECSU member schools/districts
    • $30/student for non-member schools/districts
    • $35/individual student/household registered by parents/guardians

To learn if your school/district is a member, view the Metro ECSU 2020-2021 Membership List.

STEMLink is possible with the help of our supportive sponsors.


For more information about how your students can participate or if you are interested in presenting,
contact Colleen Feller.

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