The Center hosts multiple events throughout the year that provide educational, leadership and networking opportunities for those in attendance. Team members of the Center also attend many events, representing our agricultural programs and opportunities at trade shows, expos, festivals and careers fairs.
R-Step Academy (June 14 - August 6, 2021, Riverland Community College, Austin Campus)
R-STEP is a summer academy for students aged 16-R-STEP is a summer academy for students aged 16-22 (entering 11th grade and up) that increases Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge and skills.
STEM Comes Alive Boot Camp (July 19 - 23, 2021, Riverland Community College, Austin Campus)
STEM Comes Alive Boot Camp is a free, fun, and fast-movingSTEM Comes Alive Boot Camp is a free, fun, and fast-movingone-week boot camp that makes science, technology,engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for area studentsentering grades 9-12.
Ag Symposium (not held in 2021 due to limitations on gathering in larger crowds)
South Central College, the most respected name in Agricultural education in southern Minnesota, is embarking on a program to address the needs of the modern ag producer. Taking their cues from other top-flight national conferences, SCC hosts its annual Agricultural Symposium.
Under the Tent Event
The event features multiple institutions showcasing the many career pathways and opportunities in agriculture. Each year this event features an agriculture simulator, drone (UAV) demonstrations, giveaways and visits with Ag, Food and Natural Resources career professionals. The Minnesota State FFA Convention has over 3,000 FFA members throughout Minnesota in attendance, and takes place at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus.
STEM & Career Exploration Expo (not held in 2021 due COVID-19)
Goals of the STEM & Career Exploration Expo are to change student perceptions of STEM and high tech, high wage careers, explore related career possibilities, and share the information re: educational pathways required to realize those opportunities.
InTENse! Summer Program
InTENse is an opportunity offered by Minnesota FFA for students in grades 10 and 11 to gain hands-on experiences in agricultural careers at Minnesota colleges and universities.
Explore STEAgM Day Camp (July 26 - 29, 2021)
Agriculture keeps the world fed, provides raw materials, and even fuels your car. Take time to explore how agriculture affects you from your backyard to the supermarket and every step in-between. Hosted in Partnership with the Minnesota Center of Agricultural Excellence this camp takes you on an exploration of Agriculture in Mankato.