As a way to connect with students in the 35W@94 project community, MnDOT participated in STEAM Night at Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis on Nov. 29. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  

The event highlighted real-world applications of STEAM disciplines and potential careers in the fields. Staff brought two activities to engage the student’s minds. A bridge building kit provided hands-on experience constructing a truss-style bridge, which was sturdy enough to support them!

Another activity showed students the planning involved in designing and building highway interchanges. MnDOT staff also used the opportunity to speak with parents and students about the nearby 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, and transportation in general.

MnDOT will continue working with Justice Page Middle School and other surrounding schools on real-world learning, across a variety of disciplines. The school’s STEAM program has seen tremendous success in the past which has fueled the expansion of curriculum and partnerships. During the next couple of school years, MnDOT hopes to further that success while preparing students for a bright future.

Reach out to our project team at if you’re interested in MnDOT working with your school or student community.