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.

  • Young Authors Conference | Grades 4-12

    Designed for students who have an interest in writing and are ready to explore it on a deeper level, this conference provides the opportunity to learn from professional writers. Featuring a keynote speaker and interactive sessions led by writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights, actors, and illustrators, the event encourages and challenges students to become better writers.

    Conference Overview Document (PDF)
    Video Summary

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Grades 4-6 Registration

    Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Grades 6-8 Registration
    Grades 9-12 (Student Voice VIPs) Overview Document (PDF)

    Registration closes Oct. 31, 2019.

  • Student Enrichment | Grades 3-12

    Bringing learning to life, student enrichment opportunities expand traditional classroom walls to engage learners in unique and innovative ways. Current opportunities include:

    Science from Scientists | Grades 3-8
    Bring the magic of STEM to life as a charismatic scientist leads hands-on activities that inspire students and develop STEM skills. Full-day presentation allows four rotations of students.

    Student Voice: Hear Me, See Me | Grades 9-12
    A part of a Student Equity platform, this enrichment opportunity focuses on creation of a “Student Voice” video composition. Limited to 12 local students who are ready to make a difference, share their story, and work with award-winning writer/equity advocate Sarah Warren at the Young Authors Conference. Apply by Oct. 11, 2019.

    Contact Katie Embree for more information.

  • Knowledge Bowl | Grades 7-12

    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 happen each spring–with top teams in grades 9-12 advancing to the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl.

    Jan. & Feb. 2020 - Seasonal meets
    March 2020 - Regional meet
    Apr. 2 & 3 - State meet

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

    Designed to encourage elementary students' natural curiosity through the exploration of the scientific method, the Regional Elementary Science and Engineering Fair focuses on finding answers to a question or observation through an experiment, research, or project.

    Feb. 25, 2020

  • Spelling Bee | Grades 3-8

    It’s 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. In the spring of each year, Sourcewell sponsors the Lakes Bee for member schools in the five-county service area. The winner of Lakes Bee earns an all-expenses paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

    March 25, 2020

  • 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.

  • 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.

    May 14, 2020

  • 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. Sourcewell is a proud host of this year's Grade 5 spring mathematics competition focused on recognizing academic effort and achievement.

    Apr. 27, 2020


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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