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Chemical Clue Session at Science & Nature ConferenceSouth Central Service Cooperative provides a variety of opportunities for students to participate in coursework, work-based learning experiences, and academic conferences, activities and challenges. Students are encouraged and enriched through enrollment in academic events that promote learning, creativity, and career and college readiness. Participate in something new this year!

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Academic Decathlon Students from LCWMA national scholastic competition designed to stimulate intellectual growth and encourage greater respect for knowledge. The format includes students with A, B and C grade-point averages competing in ten curricular areas. Competitions range from local scrimmages to national contests.

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Academic Pentathlon LogoGet ready for the Decathlon: The rapidly-growing Pentathlon program allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon® ahead of schedule.
 
Academic Pentathlon®, the newest program of United States Academic Decathlon® and the premier national scholastic competition for middle school students, was created to provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual competition. The USAD® curriculum addresses a number of national education content and curriculum standards. Each student competes in five events, which are Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Science.

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Students playing chess at chess tournamentSouth Central Service Cooperative offers three regional scholastic chess tournaments annually in the fall, winter and in the spring. These tournaments are one-day events to celebrate youth and chess. Competition is open to students in grades K–12. Individual awards include medals for first, second and third place in each competition level.

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Future City Competition LogoThe Future City Competition (FCC) is a national, cross-curricular program that lets students in grades 6–8 do the things engineers do:  identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results.
 
FCC runs from September to January. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to develop a project plan; create a virtual city design with SimCity™ software; research and write a proposed solution to an engineering challenge; build a tabletop city model with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges. Future City Minnesota culminates at the regional competition. The first place winner receives a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Future City Competition.
 
Minnesota public, private, and home schools, as well as organized youth groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, etc.), are welcome to form teams and compete in Future City. The registration fee is just $25 (for any number of teams).

For more information and to register, please visit: www.futurecity.org/Minnesota

Knowledge Bowl students discuss answer during 2014 competition.Teams of students compete in one written and three oral rounds of competition in this interdisciplinary event requiring quick recall and team work. Questions are taken from the standard curriculum for the grades. Teams of junior and senior high students participate in invitational, sub-regional, regional and state events (senior high only).

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Welcome to LifeSmarts! Here you’ll learn about consumer issues that impact your everyday life – everything from managing your finances, making smart consumer choices, understanding technology, staying healthy, and helping the environment – all with the goal of putting you in charge.

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Three Math Masters students smiling with medals.Math Masters of Minnesota invites all fifth and sixth grade students across the state to participate in regional events where they compete as individuals and in teams. Students receive recognition for their excellence in mathematical skills. Math Masters shows students that their math fundamentals pay off in this valuable academic experience!  Awards are presented to winning students in each component of the competition.

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Students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the Math Mania Tournament where teams of five students compete by demonstrating mathematical thinking and problem solving. Students will compete in individual and team rounds with awards for both components. 
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South Central Service Cooperative is excited to announce a new opportunity for area students in grades 3–4 to demonstrate their arithmetic skills in a fun way. Math Dice is a fast, fun dice game of mental math where math becomes more fun when you think on the fly! Through a partnership with Mankato Area Community Education and Recreation and Minnesota State University, Mankato, SCSC will offer a winter and spring tournament.

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Reach for the Stars CatalogueReach for the Stars is a free guide listing more than 100 academic enrichment programs and activities for K-12 students that have been reviewed and approved by the Minnesota Academic League Council. It is created, published and distributed as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange with generous support from Lifetouch Publishing and other partners like the South Central Service Cooperative. Download the 2016-2017 Reach for the Stars (PDF) or request a printed copy.

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Mad Science presenter on stage at Gustavus Adolphus College speaking to a crowd of students.The goal of the conference is to give students an academic enrichment experience that allows them to delve deeper into the science and nature topics they love. It is designed to expose students to a vast variety of topics and delivers highly educational hands-on sessions. Many forms of science and nature will be represented to give students the opportunity to learn how science plays a part in our world, environment, home, space, earth, life and technology. Instruction is innovative, active and designed by grade level for maximum student learning and participation. Students will attend an opening program and will self select three sessions to attend for the rest of the day.

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SkillsUSA logoSkillsUSA is a national student organization serving students enrolled in career and technical education training programs at our nation’s public high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA complements technical skill training with instruction in the employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. Founded in 1965, the organization has served more than 11.2 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. SkillsUSA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and state departments of education and is cited in federal legislation as an integral part of the technical curriculum.

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Members of South Central Service Cooperative collaborate to provide regional opportunities for instruction including options for students through SOCRATES and Northern Star Online, state-approved supplemental online learning programs, through video instruction, and through cooperative career academy programs that includes direct teacher instruction, blended and online learning, clinical site experience, and work-based learning. 

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Scripps National Spelling Bee LogoSouth Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) sponsors the Spelling Bee for the South Central Region of Minnesota. Students participating in the regional event have won their local district event. The winner goes on to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. the first week in June. 

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Sumdog Math Contest LogoAn exciting math contest is being run for South Central Minnesota schools. The contest takes school size into account, so everyone has a fair chance of winning. This year classes rather than schools will be able to enter the contests!
 
All contests run from 8 a.m. on a Friday until 8 p.m. the following Thursday. Students take part by playing the free multiplayer math games on the Sumdog website. 

Contest dates for South Central Minnesota:

  • Oct. 27, 2017
  • Jan. 19, 2018
  • May 11, 2018

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SCSC Writing Contest logoThe SCSC Writing Contest gives students a chance to express themselves by writing fiction, non-fiction or poetry. This program was established to encourage the love of language and writing for all students and as a way to recognize the talented young writers in south central Minnesota. SCSC is partnering with Minnesota State University, Mankato on this program.

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Student painting at 2015 Young Writers & Artists ConferenceThe Young Writers & Artists Conference (YWAC) offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects related to writing and creative arts. YWAC utilizes a number of authors, artists, educators, experienced writers, and business leaders as conference facilitators. These local and regional talents inspire youth and encourage them to take their own talents to new levels. Session topics may include, but not be limited to: poetry, fiction writing, character and plot development, illustration/cartooning, theater art, music, graphic design, journalism, science fiction, humor, screen plays, calligraphy, etc.

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