Fostering Opportunities & Relationships in Science Education (An Access Program)


An Access to Excellence program


About

The Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) continuum of K-12 science research programming (Access to Excellence) begins with FORSE (an access program). This promising new program provides pathways for student populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to participate in science fair showcases and/or competitions. Through FORSE, we connect students with professional mentors and needed resources while they develop their research and prepare for presentation and/or competition.

MAS is currently seeking eligible student participants and mentors to enroll in FORSE through schools, after-school programs, and STEM youth groups. Our state science competitions/showcases are very special culminating activities where young people have the opportunity to widen their network of like-minded peers and find access to experiences and connections that encourage their commitment to STEM. These activities provide students with the tools and confidence they need to achieve their goals. FORSE will ensure that the opportunity to participate in these activities is available to all Minnesota students.

Goal

Helping FORSE participants learn to conduct and present scientific research so they may participate in science showcases and fairs such as regionals, MSSEF & JSHS is the first step in fostering their commitment to STEM education and careers. FORSE offers multi-year support and sponsorship to students by providing them with the mentors and resources they need to one day participate in statewide STEM competitions. As they learn the rigor, discipline, and creative thinking involved in scientific research and presentation, our young participants grow and flourish as students.

According to the 2018 Minnesota Report Card, only 58% of Minnesota students meet or exceed academic standards for math, and only 52.5% meet or exceed science standards. Through FORSE and other MAS programming, we are committed to improving the quality of STEM education in Minnesota. Our programs are well aligned with the Minnesota Department of Education's Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science and Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Reading and the Next Generation Science Standards developed by the National Research Council, National Science Teacher's Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We see that by the time our state competition participants reach graduation, they have discovered a commitment to specific areas of study and built strong networks of support. In some cases they have even earned thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards for their research. The goal of FORSE is to provide participants with the resources and opportunities in STEM that create a foundation for both academic and professional success.

 

In 2018 testing, only 58% of Minnesota students met or exceeded Minnesota Department of Education Academic Achievement Standards for math and only 52.5% of Minnesota students met or exceeded Minnesota Department of Education Academic Achievement Standards for science. 2 MAS programs are well aligned with the Minnesota Department of Education’s Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science and Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences Next Generation Science Standards.

 

How To Get Involved

Become a mentor
If you would like to mentor a FORSE participant, please send an email containing your contact information, your qualifications, and your availability to FORSE Program Director Sara Gomez at saragomez@mnmas.org.

Register a group/individual
If you know of a group or individual who would benefit from what FORSE has to offer, please send a request for application to FORSE Program Director Sara Gomez at saragomez@mnmas.org.

Donate
If you would like to sponsor this program, please contact MAS Executive Director Celia Waldock at celiawaldock@gmail.com.

 

For more information, please contact Program Director Sara Gomez at saragomez@mnmas.org.