STEM Programs for Youth

Students working in the STEM Discovery Lab

The STEM Discovery Lab provides many opportunities for youth to explore topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Our youth programs align with national recommendations and actively engage learners in STEM through out-of-school time, summer and school day programming.

Visit the UNH Extension Science Literacy page for updated programs and events

Through generous funding from Granite United Way and the Norwin and Elizabeth Bean Foundation, the STEM Discovery Lab is thrilled to be working with community partners to offer STEM enrichment, both on-site and at community hubs. This exciting collaboration allows us to offer after school and summer enrichment at no cost to middle school youth in partnership with other youth-serving organizations in Manchester. Our goal is to get youth excited about STEM at an early age and to provide a pathway for continued access and engagement. Programs include 3D printing, coding, SeaPerch, art/biology marine science and more! Follow us on Twitter @UNHSTEMlab to stay informed!

Community Hubs: Boys & Girls Club of ManchesterManchester Police Athletic LeagueRoca Kidz Club and YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Educational Excellence for English Language Learners. Example programs include:

SeaPerch: Build your own underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in this innovative underwater robotics program! You will learn basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Limit 12.

Computer Science Discoveries: Come learn about Computer Science as you build your own websites, apps, and games. Limit 12.

VEX Robotics: Learn game-based engineering challenges by coding a robot controller. Limit 12

Biotech Challenge: Become a biomedical engineer as you explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases, design safety helmets and create prosthetics for animals. 

Dates and Times:
Thursdays
UNH STEM Discovery Lab at Manchester
88 Commercial Street
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Program Information:
Transportation from central locations and snacks provided.

Contact us:
Emily Kerr | 603.641.4320 | emily.kerr@unh.edu
Donna Laferriere | 603.641.4113 | donna.laferriere@unh.edu

Register:
Choose your program and turn in your permission form to your EL teacher.

Sponsored by the STEM Discovery Lab and the Manchester School District.

4-H Science Bonanza will be held in December 2020. Stay tuned for details!

STEM Teaching Fellows are undergraduate students participating in experiential learning experiences at the STEM Discovery Lab, Manchester area schools and youth-serving organizations. Teaching Fellows work collaboratively to design and facilitate STEM activities.

In addition, the STEM Teaching Fellows collaborate with UNH faculty in STEM Education research and present their work at local and national scientific meetings.

Contact Sarah Grosvenor, sarah.grosvenor@unh.edu or Patricia Halpin, Patricia.Halpin@unh.edu for more information on how to get involved.

The Design, Make, Code Afterschool STEM program offers middle and high school youth an opportunity to explore a STEM topic in depth through hands-on, minds-on activities and investigations. 

Visit the UNH Extension Science Literacy page for updated programs and events

Summer Youth Programs

Through generous funding from Granite United Way and the Norwin Foundation, the STEM Discovery Lab is thrilled to be working with community partners to offer STEM enrichment, both on-site and at community hubs. This exciting collaboration allows us to offer after school and summer enrichment at no cost to middle school youth in partnership with other youth-serving organizations in Manchester. Our goal is to get youth excited about STEM at an early age and to provide a pathway for continued access and engagement. Programs include 3D printing, coding, SeaPerch, art/biology marine science and more! Follow us on Twitter @UNHSTEMlab to stay informed!

Community Hubs: Boys & Girls Club of ManchesterManchester Police Athletic LeagueRoca Kidz Club and YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Dates:

2020 dates TBD

This five-week summer program is offered to Manchester school district middle and high school students entering grades 6 – 12. EXCELL in STEM combines pre-college English language and hands-on activities science, engineering, and computing.

Participants must be currently enrolled in or recently exited from English Language Learning support in their school.

Learning Activities

Students conduct science experiments, solve computing and engineering challenges, and participate in STEM-focused field trips, all emphasizing inquiry, observation, analysis of data, and coding. STEM learning activities incorporate English Language tasks in academic reading and research, vocabulary building, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Offered Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • For more information, contact Emily Kerr, STEM Discovery Lab coordinator.
  • Sponsored by the STEM Discovery Lab and the Manchester School District
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