Student Academic Programs

for central Minnesota schools & districts

Think outside the classroom

Promote learning, creativity, and team building! These K-12 programs for students of schools in central Minnesota's Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties range from rigorous academic contests to showcasing student artistic creations.

  • Virtual Young Authors Conference | Grades 4-8

    For 2020-21 we’ve teamed up with Success Beyond the Classroom to bring your students a school-year-long virtual Young Authors Conference. Enroll your students and they’ll get unique content each month through May 2021, including: 

    • Recorded and live sessions led by professional writers 
    • Q&A sessions with Minnesota writers 
    • Weekly vlogs with tips, tricks, and reading lists 
    • Monthly Virtual Book Club hosted by Desdamona – teacher/parent resource
    • Featured work of other young writers 
    • And much more! 

    Content is designed for students in grades 4-8, you can register students in grades 3 and 9 at your discretion.

    Connect with for pricing structure. 
    Sourcewell regional schools can apply program cost toward your student programs deductible. If your deductible has been met, you can use your district allocation. 

    Register your students

  • Knowledge Bowl | Grades 7-12

    Virtually facing off against other teams, students work together to answer questions related to all areas of learning. Students recall, solve problems, think critically, and sharpen teamwork skills. Competitions take place virtually January – March with top teams in grades 9-12 advancing to the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl.
    *State Knowledge Bowl TBD based on current MDE & MDH guidelines.

    Jan. & Feb. 2021 - seasonal meets
    March 2021 - regional meet
    April 8-9, 2021 - state meet

  • Virtual Spelling Bee | Grades 3-8

    NEW THIS YEAR: The Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow you to administer your school spelling bee program.

    It is learning disguised as a game! The spelling bee is a series of contests starting at the school and district level. Through competition, students improve spelling and vocabulary skills. 

    Register via

    March 24, 2021 - Virtual Regional Bee*
    *based on current MDE & MDH guidelines

  • Math Masters | Grades 5-6

    Throughout Minnesota, students in grades 5-6 challenge critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as a part of Math Masters.

    Math Masters 2021 will be available online via MyOpenMath.
    6th grade competitions: March 1 – March 31, 2021
    5th grade competitions: April 1 – April 30, 2021

    Register your team(s) here

  • Virtual Regional Art Show | Grades 4-12

    Coming to a screen near you... the Regional Art Show! Submit your students' work now through April 30, 2021. View submitted artwork starting May 10, 2021. Awards will be announced May 12, 2021.

    Learn more and submit student work

  • Virtual Regional Elementary Science and Engineering Fair | Grades 4-6

    Encourage your students’ natural curiosity through the exploration of the scientific method. In this year’s virtual edition, students’ boards will be Google slides with links to project information.

    Submit projects by April 1, 2021. Judges will score projects and results will be announced on April 28, 2021. 

    Instructor guide

  • Student Enrichment | Grades 3-12

    Student enrichment opportunities expand traditional classroom walls to engage learners in unique and innovative ways.

    These opportunities are on hold. We look forward to working with you in 2021-2022 with a focus on Foreign Language and Arts through Illustration.

  • Academic Decathlon® | Grades 9-12

    When students participate in the Academic Decathlon, they experience the rigors of team and individual competition. The curriculum addresses national content and curriculum standards, and tests students in economics, science, literature, art, speech, and more.


For more information regarding these programs and how to participate, contact Katie Embree, Student Academic Coordinator, at

Additional Academic Opportunities

The programs outlined below are not hosted by Sourcewell. (Includes links to nongovernment sites.)

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