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.

  • 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.

    Register a Senior High or Junior High team 

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

  • 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, whether students are learning in your classrooms or remotely from their homes. The online testing platform will be available to give you increased flexibility when administering your school's 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 - Regional Bee
    *pending 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.

    The 2020-2021 Math Masters Competitions will take place online this year and we hope that your students will be part of the fun academic competition!

    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

  • Regional Art Show | Grades 4-12

    Each spring the Regional Art Show showcases the work of students in a variety of categories including painting, drawing, crafts, mixed media, digital art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and pottery/ceramics.

    More information coming soon

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Register your students. 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. 

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

    The fair is designed to encourage the natural curiosity of all students through the exploration of the scientific method and to explore and find an answer to a question or observation – through an experiment (investigation), research, or project.

    More information coming soon

  • Student Enrichment | Grades 3-12

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

    Student Voice | Grades 9-12
    A part of a Student Equity platform, this enrichment opportunity focuses on creation of a “Student Voice” video composition. Local students who are ready to make a difference and share their story will create a documentary of their experience. More information coming soon.

    Video: 2019 Student Voice Documentary


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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