Education

Major Education Initiatives

  • Major Education Initiatives: Our website is a resource to educate citizens and local officials on infrastructure status, future trends and needs.
  • Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) Documentaries: Three MN2050 infrastructure videos have been developed and co-produced with TPT. They create a foundation of infrastructure education which will appeal to state-wide audiences as well as to local schools and civic groups.
  • Communications Tool Kit: This tool kit will be developed over the next year in conjunction with TPT and it will supply a broad range of web, video and broadcast resources for professionals, educators and partners.

Education Partnerships

  • College and Career Associations/Affinity Groups (e.g. National Society of Black Engineers)
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Public Works – Education Subcommittee
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • SciGirls
  • Twin Cities Public Television
  • Twin Cities Youth Media Network
  • University of Minnesota
Education is key to understanding why investing in infrastructure will help provide a higher quality, safer and economically prosperous way of life for all Minnesotans. Showing how all aspects of infrastructure work together gives an understanding of the economic impact we can have by working together.

MN2050 website

The MN2050 website is offered as a resource for professionals to view and use presentations, access research material, and find policy and planning documents related to infrastructure across Minnesota. The site also tracks our progress, highlights our sponsors, and offers opportunities to become involved in getting the word out—short and long term.

The website was recently revamped by folks from SRF Consulting. It is being administered by TKDA with continuing help from Joel Schilling. Please let us know what you think of the information available here by contacting us at mn2050@icloud.com.

MN2050 Infrastructure Videos

After raising an initial sum of money from sponsors and receiving SPAG (State Public Affairs Grants) funding from ASCE in 2011, MN 2050 and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produced the three high quality videos now available via links on our home page. The first video is “State of Repair: Roads and Bridges.” The second is “State of Repair: Industries of Constant Motion” and presents the importance of rail, airports and ports and waterways to Minnesota’s economy. The third, “State of Repair: Liquid Assets,” is a shortened version of “Liquid Assets: Minnesota,” which was developed by the Central States Water Environment Association and its partners, several years ago.

MN2050 holds the copyright for all three new videos. They are available for members of all partner associations for use with elected officials, civic groups and schools. They are regularly televised on TPT.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

MN2050’s main purpose is to make a convincing case for increased infrastructure investment across Minnesota, aiming at the state’s citizens who we hope will in turn urge their elected officials to act. We expect this to be a long term endeavor. So…urged on by our advisors at TPT, we expanded our efforts to include future citizens, the youth of today. They will become tomorrow’s citizens, engineers (we hope) and elected policy makers.

In 2010, a federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative was created involving multiple national government departments, to help fill serious gaps in related careers. In Minnesota, getSTEM is a parallel campaign supported by several state agencies, primarily the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). It specifically provides a user-friendly website for matching professional volunteers in STEM related professions with teachers looking for help with curriculum, projects and other activities.

getSTEM is being actively supported by outreach committees in two of our Partner associations: MPWA and MSPE. To learn more, visit the getSTEM website at www.getstem-mn.com and/or contact Russ Matthys at rmatthys@cityofeagan.com or Tim Barrett at tbarrett@mhta.org. They need STEM volunteers.