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STEM at the Upper School

Minnehaha has long had an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We offer exciting opportunities at the Upper School, including sending experiments to the International Space Station. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on writing, research and hands-on experiences that prepare our students for success in future coursework, college and careers. Critical thinking is paramount in our classes. Students are engaged in inquiry through student-designed, hands-on lab activities that supplement course content.

Engaging classes.

STEM Research Lab

A state-of-the-art STEM Research Lab and STEM learning spaces provide our student scientists with the latest in equipment and technology that helps them take their studies to the next level. Our labs provide flexible learning space, created specifically with the needs of our students in mind. These spaces are used by a variety of science classes in the Upper School.

“I’ve undergone an immense amount of personal growth with the understanding that the objective of research (and space travel) applies to me as well: curiosity and exploration are essential to finding one’s place in the vast and opportunity-rich world,”

- Applied Research & Engineering Student

Real world experiences.

Applied Research and Engineering: Sending Experiments to Space

The Applied Research and Engineering class creates, from concept to completion, two experiments to send to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Minnehaha Academy is the only school in the Midwest to offer this program, and ISS students meet weekly with mentors, who are professional engineers, geneticists, and computer programmers as well as two Minnehaha Academy science teachers. Students are also invited to conduct parts of their research in the laboratories of their mentors at the University of Minnesota.

Minnehaha’s Applied Engineering & Research program offers students two valuable opportunities rarely offered at the High School level,” commented mentor Tom Holman. “First, students learn engineering processes and procedures including how to define, design, test and debug complex electrical and mechanical devices. Second, students learn 21st Century learning skills that business leaders have defined as critical for the success of future employees. These skills include creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as communication and collaboration.”


“Before taking ISS, I had no idea what I wanted to do in college or what field of study really ‘clicked’ with me. ISS ignited my desire for engineering."

- Andrew Johnson, ISS student project leader

Hands-on discovery.