What we are about
Summer Science Discovery offers Minnesota elementary and secondary teachers a chance to spend time in the classroom and in the field with University scientists and faculty, experienced K-12 teachers, and peers. Earn graduate credit through engaging, hands-on classes in plant sciences, insect ecology, biotechnology and a range of other topics. Best of all, most courses are free and include a stipend—even room and board in some cases. The benefits continue well beyond the last day of class, too. You'll take away lots of great materials to use with your own students. Not to mention the lasting connections to University of Minnesota researchers and resources that you will make. You'll leave with a great retort to the age-old query about how you spend your summer, along with loads of new knowledge and techniques to bring back to your classroom.
Thank you to the following for their support:
- Minnesota Office of Higher Education
- No Child Left Behind
- College of Biological Sciences
- College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
- University of Minnesota Extension
- LCCMR (Legislative and Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources)
K12@U is a University of Minnesota website designed to help students discover opportunities, families find summer camps and exciitng spots to visit around the U campuses. It also points preK-12 educators and administrators toward innovative classroom resources and high-quality professional development. Check it out!
Become a Minnesota Master Naturalist
Participants will learn about the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome of Minnesota. Class will include basics about geology, ecology, wildlife, plants, aquatic ecosystems and cultural information. Each day will include classroom and field experiences. Graduates are asked to complete 40 hours of volunteer service upon completion of the class. As a teacher, you may also be able to create volunteer projects for others in your class.
Scholarships are available by calling 1-888-241-4532. Participants will receive a textbook, Minnesota Master Naturalist Big Woods, Big Rivers and a field guide to Minnesota trees. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Science Discovery