Build Challenges

Build Challenges

16 June


SPDSS (St. Paul & District STEAM Society) was formed to provide a boost in science activities within the Lakeland region and foster a culture of joint problem solving and inclusivity and sharing of knowledge

our vision

Create an ecosystem for science and technology enthusiasts where our youth and younger adults can connect with older adults through Science & Technology.

we aim to become the largest and most integrated science & tech community

Our programming


๐Ÿš€ SPDSS is ๐Ÿง  utilizing Minecraft ๐ŸŽฎ for education ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ to introduce kids ๐Ÿ‘ถ to scientific thinking ๐Ÿค”. Through this program, students ๐Ÿ“š learn how to apply scientific principles ๐Ÿงช to real-world problems ๐Ÿ’ก, such as building sustainable communities ๐ŸŒ within the game. ๐Ÿก In addition, SPDSS has implemented an intergenerational component ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿง’ to their program by pairing up older adults ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ด with students ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ (STEAM nights with older adults) in the Minecraft build. ๐ŸŒŒ With 36% of the population above 50 years old ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ด, there is a lot our community can learn from them. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ This pairing allows for the exchange of knowledge ๐Ÿ“š and skills ๐Ÿ’ช between generations and promotes the development of strong bonds. ๐Ÿ’– Furthermore, this intergenerational collaboration ๐Ÿค helps students ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ learn about the importance of respecting elders ๐Ÿ™ and the value of learning from different perspectives. ๐ŸŒˆ


SPDSS is dedicated to providing comprehensive programming in STEM ๐Ÿš€, Robotics ๐Ÿค–, Coding with Python ๐Ÿ, Artificial Intelligence ๐Ÿค–, Machine Learning ๐Ÿ“š, and Blockchain ๐Ÿ”—. Through innovative teaching methodologies ๐ŸŽ“, students ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ can explore these innovative fields ๐Ÿ”ฌ through hands-on ๐Ÿ‘, experiential learning ๐Ÿงช, and apply their knowledge ๐Ÿง  to real-world challenges ๐Ÿ’ก. SPDSS offers various initiatives ๐ŸŽ‰ such as workshops ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ, after-school programs ๐Ÿซ, and summer camps โ˜€๏ธ that provide practical skills ๐Ÿ’ช and deeper understanding ๐Ÿ’ก of complex concepts ๐Ÿ“š. By promoting STEM education ๐ŸŒฑ, SPDSS is contributing to the growth and development ๐ŸŒฑ of the local community ๐Ÿข, empowering the next generation of leaders ๐ŸŒŸ and innovators ๐Ÿ’ก to thrive in the 21st century ๐ŸŒ.


๐Ÿ”ฌ SPDSS (St. Paul & District STEAM Society) is at the forefront of innovation in education ๐Ÿš€, offering workshops ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ that teach students ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ about research ๐Ÿ“š and innovation ๐Ÿ’ก. These workshops provide students with an opportunity to learn the scientific method ๐Ÿ”ฌ and the importance of innovation in solving real-world problems ๐Ÿ’ก. By applying these skills, students can contribute to research ๐Ÿงช and entrepreneurship ๐Ÿ’ผ, preparing them for future academic ๐ŸŽ“ and professional endeavors ๐Ÿ’ช. Additionally, SPDSS is promoting the use of citizen science projects ๐ŸŒ to engage community members ๐Ÿ‘ฅ in research ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ, which provides valuable insights ๐Ÿค” into local environmental ๐ŸŒฑ and health issues ๐ŸŒก๏ธ. Citizen science is a cutting-edge approach ๐Ÿ” that promotes collaboration ๐Ÿค and transparency โœจ, while contributing to scientific knowledge ๐Ÿง  and decision-making ๐Ÿ“. By combining workshops on research ๐Ÿ“š and innovation ๐Ÿ’ก with citizen science projects ๐ŸŒ, SPDSS is providing students with a unique and advanced educational experience ๐ŸŽ“ that fosters community engagement ๐Ÿ‘ฅ, empowerment ๐Ÿ’ช, and stewardship ๐ŸŒฑ.


๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ”ฌ SPDSS (St. Paul & District STEAM Society) introduced a Business & Entrepreneurship program for youth ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ promoting innovation ๐Ÿ’ก, creativity ๐ŸŽจ, leadership skills ๐Ÿš€, economic development ๐Ÿ“ˆ, and job creation ๐Ÿ’ผ. The program provides essential skills ๐Ÿ“š and access to mentorship ๐Ÿค, networking ๐ŸŒ, and funding opportunities ๐Ÿ’ฐ, turning ideas ๐Ÿ’ก into successful businesses ๐Ÿข. It contributes to economic growth ๐Ÿ“ˆ and community development ๐ŸŒฑ, empowering youth ๐ŸŒŸ and supporting the next generation of business leaders ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ. This program features hackathons ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ for businesses ๐Ÿข that identify local challenges ๐ŸŒ and promote collaboration ๐Ÿค between the school ๐Ÿซ, businesses ๐Ÿข, and community ๐Ÿ‘ฅ. Hackathons will enhance learning ๐Ÿ“š, foster innovation ๐Ÿ’ก, and economic development ๐Ÿ“ˆ.