MDU Resources-sponsored STEM Expo attracts more than 380 kids

More than 380 kids and their families attended this year’s STEM Expo, presented by MDU Resources, the Bismarck Larks and North Dakota’s Gateway to Science.


More than 380 kids and their parents attended the fifth annual STEM Expo, sponsored by MDU Resources, the Bismarck Larks and North Dakota’s Gateway to Science.

The free expo featured 15 booths of hands-on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for kids of all ages. It was held at the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark where the Larks play their baseball games.

The MDU Resources family of companies was represented by:

  • Montana-Dakota Utilities line technicians and bucket truck.
  • MDU Resources employees who helped kids participate in brain teaser activities.

STEM-related activities offered by other organizations included:

  • Meteorology.
  • Robotics.
  • Forensics.
  • Virtual reality.
  • Medical demonstrations and more.

For the first time, the event featured a live science demo conducted by local science teacher Scott Weigum.

MDU Resources honors STEM All-Stars, awards $1,000 STEM grant to Bismarck teacher

MDU Resources, North Dakota’s Gateway to Science and the Bismarck Larks honored the 2023 STEM All-Star students during the June 3 baseball game, deemed STEM Night. The students were nominated by their teachers for their love of learning and commitment to using STEM to serve their schools and communities.

The 2023 STEM All-Stars are:

  • Temperance Castillo |8th grade | Mandan Middle School
  • Charles Dobrzelecki | 8th grade | Horizon Middle School
  • Kyle Marcotte | 12th grade |St. Mary’s Central High School (Bismarck)
  • Lander Monson |8th grade | East Fairview Elementary School
  • Chloe Pierson | 4th grade | Carrington Public School
  • Charlee Weinert | 5th grade | Hettinger Public School


STEM grant recipient

The MDU Resources Foundation sponsors a $1,000 STEM grant for one nominating teacher to be used for a STEM project at their school.

The 2023 STEM grant was awarded to Stacy Larson and St. Mary’s Central High School. Ms. Larson plans to use the grant to purchase equipment for the school’s robotics team.

In conjunction with the STEM All-Star recognition, the MDU Resources STEM Expo was held at the ballpark earlier in the day. The expo features hands-on STEM activities hosted by local businesses.

This is the fifth year MDU Resources, the Bismarck Larks and North Dakota’s Gateway to Science have teamed up to showcase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and honor local STEM All-Stars.