November 17 is Give to the Max Day — your donation to the MHTA Foundation’s STEM programming is a contribution to Minnesota’s future entrepreneurs!
Consider the story of Matt Schmidtbauer. Matt Schmidtbauer was a junior studying Electrical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas when he was awarded a 2012 MHTA STEM Foundation Scholarship. After graduation, he worked as an electrical engineer at a local Minnesota company. However, recently Matt has started an exciting new chapter in his career.
Matt recently launched a new generation of Squishy Circuits kits, which uses homemade play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits to children. He transitioned away from his full time engineering role and is dedicated to growing Squishy Circuits Store and expanding STEM education.
“There have been many factors leading to this point,” Matt stated, “but the MHTA STEM scholarship played a crucial role in many ways – by letting me focus on education while attending college, opening my eyes to the importance of STEM education at all age levels, motivating me to pursue Squishy Circuits Store and to promote STEM. For this, and more, I cannot thank enough the MHTA Foundation and the donors that support them.”
The MHTA Foundation is supporting students like Matt through its STEM scholarships and hands-on experiences like the Tech Experience Tours, communicating the need for STEM-educated college graduates, and partnering with the local science and technology community to build strong connections and resources.
By providing financial support to young people pursuing careers in STEM or STEM teaching, you can facilitate unique opportunities for students to meet Minnesota business leaders and network into future internships and careers.