Minds In Motion

Creating a place for young learners to explore.

Brillion Public Schools, a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational integration at the high school level, seeks to raise $540,000 through Campaign "Minds in Motion". We encourage gifts by the end of the year but please know that multi-year gifts and pledges are welcome.



Innovators in Education

Due to the development and integration of the Brillion High School’s Ariens Technology and Engineering Education Center, and academic programming, Brillion Public Schools is known nationally as a model for STEM curricular integration. We seek to provide elementary students the same level of STEM exposure and opportunity as our high school students—creating excitement in STEM at early stages of a child’s development.

Visionary Plan In Place

We seek to be sustained leaders in STEM education to provide the very best in student outcomes. We also believe in sharing our knowledge to help show the nation how best to integrate STEM education throughout k-12 curriculum. A leading-edge discovery lab for elementary students, paired with the Ariens Technology and Engineering Education Center at the high school level, and intentional teaching around the engineering design process creates a model that is ideal for our students, and helps us attract teachers, partners and collaborators around the country.

Connection to Careers

Given our outstanding partnership with leading manufacturers, namely our local businesses including Ariens Company, Endries International, and Professional Plating Inc., we understand the importance of preparing a very skilled, intensely knowledgeable and extremely passionate workforce for the future. Brillion Public Schools is poised to connect our students to the careers and challenges of tomorrow while providing them a deep foundation in STEM.

STEM is Cool

We are thrilled with the student excitement and enthusiasm for STEM classes, learning and hands-on/minds-on experiences. We are witnessing students of all interests and abilities engage at unprecedented levels. This is truly learning at its best. Just ask a Brillion student and they will share with you their rally cry to “Keep it STEM-y!”



What does STEM education look like at Brillion Public Schools?

At Brillion Public Schools, we look at the national best practices of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to teach:
• Integrated, project-based curriculum
• Student-centered
• Problem solving
• Real life issues
• Long-term workforce skill development
• Communication of ideas
• Teachers as facilitators
Join us to help further our STEM initiatives to bring the Brillion Elementary STEM Center to life. Our challenge now is to reach our fundraising goal to bring the following vision to reality. Please consider donating a gift today at

Who teaches STEM and
how is it integrated throughout the curriculum?

STEM is an actual class that is offered every day to each child, regardless of their grade level. Further, the methodology is used throughout other subjects and integrated by Brillion teachers. Our objective is to weave the engineering design process of problem-solving and asking questions throughout all areas of our curriculum. We have a lead STEM instructor, Mr. Steve Meyer. Brillion teachers are also trained in this method. Over the past two years, the elementary teachers have also begun their training and integration of this approach. In short, they learn how to be a facilitator allowing the students to truly lead the project-based discovery to solve problems.

Do we need a designated space to teach STEM?

As we have learned at the high school level, the types of experiments and the ability to build, create, design, and test takes space. Our traditional classrooms simply are not built with this kind of learning in mind. Quite frankly, we have run out of room. Most American elementary schools have never been designed with science labs—leaving that to high school environments. We believe that designated space allows for our younger students to engage in ways we can only yet imagine.

What is the engineering design process taught by
Brillion Public Schools?

The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing something that accomplishes a certain task. The engineering design process involves designing, building, and testing experiments. The steps of the engineering design process, as noted by the Engineering is Elementary curriculum, are to:
• Ask: What is the problem?
• Imagine: What are some solutions?
• Plan: Draw a diagram, chose materials.
• Create: Build then test.
• Improve: Make it even better!

Intentional Design

The project design is complete. Each space is deliberately created, in partnership with Cineviz and McMahon Group, with the student and their exploration in mind. Opportunities for hands-on/minds-on, project-based learning and best practices for young learners drive the layout and even furniture selection—which must work for the smallest of kindergarteners to the tallest of elementary school students.

Description of Space

We wanted to create an environment that kids could understand and get excited about learning. A place where students could discover and create. We have created a space unlike any other STEM environment where it engages students creativity augmenting the learning experience. A destination to explore ideas through an amazing adventure in discovery. Rooms are themed to make it easy for the kids to navigate. Environmental Graphic Design includes the use of bright colors, STEM related graphics, exhibit components, innovative technology and sustainable materials to create a stimulating environment for the kids.



Project Goal

Brillion Public Schools seeks to create an elementary STEM center that will provide the best opportunity to advance the learning experiences of elementary students. The lab will be located within an open, two-story, 5,000 square foot existing multi-purpose space. It will be within the elementary school that will be retro-fitted, creating dynamic and engaging spaces for young minds to explore, create, experiment and dream. A 3-D walk through video is available to give you a clear sense of what this will look like at Brillion STEM Center.


At Brillion Public Schools we intentionally engage students in the “engineer design process” of thinking and problem solving. For more than 10 years we have invested time, research, and staffing into the development of leading STEM curriculum. Thanks to a unique partnership with our business community, Brillion Public Schools has invested in developing project-based learning where students learn to think, solve problems, work in teams, and develop their intellectual curiosity. This approach prepares students for a lifetime of success within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as any career path they may choose throughout their life.

Investing in Innovation

The renovation and development costs of the elementary STEM center will be $1.7 million, and $1.16 million has already been pledged through foundation matching grants of $400,000 each from the Ariens Foundation and the Endries Family Foundation. An additional $300,000 is available due to referendum funding. This requires us to raise an additional $540,000 in order to begin construction.


With the design complete, Brillion Public Schools went to bid in Spring 2015 and has selected a contractor and technology partner to complete the project. Our objective is to raise the construction funds by the end of 2015—understanding that this will include multi-year gifts and pledges. This will ensure that the space is complete and ready for Summer 2016 training and is fully operational for the 2016-17 academic year.

Be a Part of Discovery

The Brillion Public School community has seen the dramatic impact our intentional integration of STEM education has provided for our students. We seek to further enrich the way our students problem-solve, create, and engage in every grade. We’ve made great things happen within our existing classrooms but we’ve run out of room. Traditional classrooms were not designed for messy and large experimentation. Our goal is to create an environment so that our earlier grades can have the space, support, and learning to foster a deeper love for learning and discovery.