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The Professional Development Initiatives department at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has a successful 25-year partnership with 3M’s TWIST program.  TWIST stands for Teachers Working in Science & Technology.  Each summer teachers from Minnesota and beyond, who teach Science, Math, and Tech Ed in grades 7-12, spend six weeks doing research and development alongside a 3M scientist or engineer and their team.  Participants tour labs, pilot manufacturing facilities, and receive a stipend from 3M for this summer work-study opportunity.  

Saint Mary’s University has been a proud partner by aligning graduate credit with their TWIST experience, which has involved 182 learners over those 25 years.  Participating teachers reflect on what it’s like to be a student again themselves and learn new material and procedures while identifying new industry contacts and resources.  Ultimately this allows teachers to bring renewed energy and real-world science applications into their classrooms the following fall.  The TWIST graduate credit experience positions these teachers to develop relevant hands-on curricula that will help educate the next generation of scientists.  We look forward to continuing this valuable partnership with 3M for years to come.