Teacher workshop; teachers lined up on each side of a long table using lab equipment

As a part of our land grant mission, our faculty, staff and students engage in outreach activities with Minnesota residents, educators, communities, industry partners, and others. Activities range from formal to casual.

For more information, please contact us by e-mailing [email protected].

Outreach programs for K-12 students and educators

Tours and Classroom Visit

We are excited to engage with teachers and students to bring engineering and sustainability to life in the classroom!

BBE Student Ambassadors love to engage with students, get them interested in STEM, and teach the basics of chemical, environmental, and ecological-engineering, and systems-thinking to advance sustainability. The BBE Student Ambassadors is a student-led outreach program focused on introducing K-12 students to STEM and to the two majors in our department: Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Management.

Schedule a tour of the BBE Buildings and research facilities. We will work with you to create a custom visit for your group. Alternatively, you could have the BBE Student Ambassadors visit your classroom—virtually or in-person. Contact our Student Program Specialist, Erik Joerres via email: [email protected]

A visit to BBE can include

  • Hands-on classroom activities and demonstrations led by current UMN students or faculty
  • Research facility tours
  • Interaction with BBE faculty and undergraduate students


3 photos from left to right. Photo 1: woman in lab. Photo 2: Group in lab. Photo 3: group of students watching a demonstration.


Contact the BBE Student Program Specialist, Erik Joerres, to schedule your tour today! [email protected] .


Outreach activities and programs are available in the following topics.

Agriculture and natural resource, biosystems

Bioproducts and renewable energy

Environment, ecology, and sustainability

Housing Technology, building systems