Bringing quality, hands-on STEM learning to inner-city Minneapolis students, createMPLS can bridge skills and experience gaps, helping more students succeed in higher education and today’s job market.

createMPLS programs are all designed to help K-12 students build foundational technology skills, learn teamwork and problem solving, and become positive difference makers in the community. Our programs encourage students to become more self-directed learners as they practice critical thinking, collaboration, engineering, and design. They also develop teamwork, problem solving, and presentation skills through expos and team competitions.

In every program, createMPLS also places a strong emphasis on teamwork and mentoring. Students grow in leadership and character as they work together on teams, and as they learn to practice kindness and respect at showcases and competitions. Each team is also paired with an adult mentor who offers guidance and support throughout the program. Furthermore, older students are encouraged to take on increasing leadership responsibilities and to mentor their younger peers as they learn and grow through createMPLS programs. Graduating students have also become volunteers and ambassadors for createMPLS, Technovation, and other STEM programs in the community.