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About the White Earth Reservation Academy

An Extension educator and three White Earth students looking at GPS

University of Minnesota's White Earth Reservation Academy offers culturally relevant educational opportunities to White Earth students. Students learn modern science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through traditional American Indian stories and hands-on activities. Integrating western science and the Anishinabe way of life is critical to the program's success.

Reservation elders, University faculty, and students are all involved in teaching the students that math, science, and engineering are part of their daily lives. Weaving traditional skills and knowledge with modern science has energized community involvement.

In recent years, students have shown an increase in their confidence and attitude toward science and math. Students identified careers that involve science, math and technology. Topics in the academy range from gardening to rocketry to wind energy. Classes are offered in a four-week summer program each June and through hands-on engineering challenges, GPS geocaching exercises, and field trips to college campuses.

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