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MPS Science Community Partners

The MPS Science department partners with many organizations in the surrounding area. Please see details below. 
If your organization is interested in becoming a partner with the science department, please contact us.


The Bakken Museum
The Bakken is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.
The Science Assets Outreach Program is based on many years of direct service to Minneapolis Public Schools – it is a long-term priority of The Bakken Museum to continue to provide high-quality science education experiences to all fourth graders in the Minneapolis Public Schools and to work toward a model with greater impact and broader applicability.

Bell Museum
The Bell Museum is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark destination. It is a familiar point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota and a gateway to the natural wonders of our state. The Bell Museum serves young and old alike as they seek to find—and better understand and appreciate—their own place in a living, changing world.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. We help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and are committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges.
Cargill is accelerating its current support of MPS with new grants totaling nearly $5 million over the years 2011-2014. This commitment builds on more than 10 years and $18 million in support for MPS. The grants will be used to coordinate and expand STEM education, enhance college-preparedness and enable MPS to recruit, develop and retain top talent to staff and administer its schools.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
The Garden is home to over 500 plant species and 130 bird species. It provides 60,000 visitors annually with spectacular seasonal displays of native wildflowers in woodland, wetland and prairie areas. Each area creates a different habitat that fosters different types of plants, animals and birds.

Minnesota Zoo
Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.

Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum's mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology. This role becomes ever more important as science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world, and it means we: promote active citizenship informed by the world of science and technology; inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering; and encourage young people of all backgrounds to explore and develop their interests in understanding the natural and human-made world. To do this, we will continue to build our position as a leader in the world's museum community and use our educational perspective as an informal learning institution to help the formal preK-12 education system.

Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.
The Science Museum houses the MPS STEM Initiative and the Teacher Professional Development Group of Science House, which is a professional development opportunity designed to bring together a community of MPS leaders from a wide range of disciplines and departments to support STEM education across the district. The goal of the MPS STEM Leadership Institute is to develop a supportive community of leaders who work productively together to improve STEM teaching and learning and eliminate achievement gaps in STEM education.

As part of its commitment to help more U.S. children reach the critical academic milestone of reading proficiently by the end of third grade, Target plans to give more than $6 million from 2011-2014 to reading initiatives in partnership with MPS.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states nationwide and at In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

Trans-Mississippi Biological Supply
This company provides living resources for the Living Materials Center and has a long history of partnership with MPS. Trans-Mississippi Biological Supply is located in Shoreview, MN. 


STEM Expo exhibitors 2011-2012

AchieveMpls (STEP Up program)
Bell Museum/Planetarium
Best Buy
Bitwixt Software
Boston Scientific
Cookie Cart
Dakota County Technical College
Digital Divide
Discovery Education
Dunwoody College
FIRST Robotics
FIRST Tech Challenge
Huot Manufacturing
Joey Browner
Juxtaposition Arts
Normandale Community College
North Point Clinic
Page Foundation
Patrick Henry High School Robotics
Reve Academy
Science Museum of Minnesota
Science Research Institute/Northwestern College
Society of Women Engineers
St. Cloud State University
St. Paul College
The Works Museum
Thomson Reuters
Tommy Watson
University of Minnesota
Workforce Center - Youth Zone