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.

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
    Grades 4-6

    Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
    Grades 6-8 | Grades 9-12 (limited seats)

    New for 2019 | Additional details to come.

  • 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 are in January, February, and March–with top teams in grades 9-12 advancing to the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl.

  • Student Enrichment | Grades 4-12

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

    Theater Residency
    Registration closed

    History Posse: Iditarod Dogsled Race
    Registration closed

  • 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.

  • Science Fair | Grades 4-6

    Designed to encourage students' natural curiosity through the exploration of the scientific method, the Science Fair focuses on finding answers to a question or observation through an experiment, research, or project. The next competition will be held in March of 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.

  • 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.


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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