NIEA: Reducing barriers to STEM

Thank you for attending our presentation, Reducing, Not Introducing, Barriers to Success in STEM Education with AnnMaria De Mars, National University and The Julia Group, Annette Mennem , Minot State University, Maria Burns Ortiz, 7 Generation Games, and education consultants Juliana Taken Alive  and Janna Jensen.

You can find links to all of the specific resources we mentioned below. You can find many more at the Teacher Resource Site. Thank you to Christy Hanson and Daniel Mondaca for putting that site together.


Examples from Spirit Lake: The Game

This game runs on Mac and Windows computer, teaching multiplication, division, Dakota history and culture. The PowerPoints can be used stand-alone without the game.

Some may be appropriate for lower grades, e.g.,

math terms, •5 things to know about subtraction, •Make it an easier problem


The videos in the presentation are from the game Making Camp Ojibwe. A link to all of the videos from that game are below. You can also find hundreds of videos on mathematics, Dakota, Ojibwe and Lakota culture on our Youtube channel.


Lesson plans can be found at by grade, for teachers who would like to integrate games and videos into their instruction.


Free demo games for Chromebook, Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android can be found here.

NIEA attendees can receive a free teacher copy of any of our games for evaluation purposes. Just email or fill out our contact form.

Games to teach decision-making

 Designed for youth aged 13-19, use Crossroads software in your efforts to understand and aid youth in the choices they face in life


Check out our website!

Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research programs for supporting our research.

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USDA Small Business Innovation Research Award