Fostering Opportunities & Relationships in Science Education




FORSE seeks to provide  pathways for student populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to participate in the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair and the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. This program will connect its participants with professional mentors and resources while they develop their research and prepare for competition. The Minnesota Academy of Science is currently exploring  schools, after school programs, and STEM youth groups for eligible participants and mentors to enroll in FORSE. Our state science competitions are very special events where young people have the opportunity to widen their network of like-minded peers and find access to experiences and connections that encourages their commitment to STEM and provides them with the tools and confidence to achieve their ambitions. FORSE will help ensure that the opportunity to participate in these events continues to uplift  all Minnesota youths.



Supporting FORSE participants in achieving success at the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair & JSHS is the first step in fostering our participants’ commitment to STEM education and careers,   FORSE aims to provide ongoing, multiple-year support and sponsorship to participants by continually helping them on their way to state competitions and to find them the mentors and resources they need . As they learn the rigor, discipline and creative thinking involved in research and presentation, they will grow and flourish. According to the 2016 Minnesota Report Card, only 58% of Minnesota students meet or exceed Academic Standards for math and only 54.2% of Minnesota students meet or exceed Academic Standards for science. Through FORSE and other MAS Educational Programs, we are committed to improving the quality of STEM Education in Minnesota. We observe that once our state competition participants reach graduation point they have discovered their commitment to specific areas of study, built a strong network of support, and possibly earned thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards from their research. The goal of FORSE is to provide its participants with the resources and opportunities in STEM that will create a foundation for both academic and professional success.



Below is a list of ways that you can join our efforts in empowering local youth:


  • Become a mentor

If you would like to mentor a FORSE participant, please send an email containing your contact information, your qualifications, and your times of availability to Sara Gomez

  • Register a group/individual

If you know of a group or individual that would benefit from what FORSE has to offer, please send a request for application to Sara Gomez;

  • Donate

If you would like to contribute resources to this program, please contact our Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator , Lisa Day;


If you would like more information please contact Program Director Sara Gomez,