STEM Programs for Youth

Students working in the STEM Discovery Lab

The UNH STEM Discovery Lab enriches the learning experiences of students in grades K-12 to further encourage them to consider pursuing college. The programs offered at the STEM Discovery Lab help improve teaching and learning and close the academic achievement gap among science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

Are you interested in faraway galaxies?  Have you ever wanted to take an idea and 3D print it? Do you like to build and create? Join the Science Discovery Club to explore these ideas and more! Ages 8+  are welcome. Learn more about the club on their Facebook page.

Date & Time:

Alternate Tuesdays 5:30 -7:30
(2nd & 4th Tuesdays of Month)

Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commercial St. 
Manchester, NH 03101

Register:

Contact Zach Farrar to let us know you are coming!

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

Educational Excellence for English Language Learners. Choose one of the following programs for grades 9-12:

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

Dates:
Thursdays, January 9 - March 5
UNH STEM Discovery Lab at Manchester
88 Commercial Street
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Program Information:
Transportation from central locations and snacks provided.

Contact us:
Emily Kerr or Donna Laferriere
603.641.4320 | emily.kerr@unh.edu
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!

An exciting addition to our Design, Make, Code youth programs, participants in this program will:

  • Learn the basics of electronics through interactive building, programming and controlling
  • Explore programming in “C” utilizing the ARDUINO Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

This program is taught by two retired engineers who have been trained through the UNH STEM Docent program. Participants will get to take their projects home at the end of the program.

Date & Time:

8-week session
January 6 to March 2, 2020 (no class on February 24)
Mondays from 4-6 p.m.

Location:

UNH STEM Discovery Lab
88 Commercial St. 
Manchester, NH 03101

Cost:

$25 for 8-week session

register

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. Youth can choose one from the programs listed below.

SeaPerch: Build your own underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in this innovative underwater robotics program.

Biotech Challenge: Become a biomedical engineer as they explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases.

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

Location:
UNH STEM Discovery Lab
UNH Manchester 88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Dates and Times:
Thursdays January 9th-March 5th
3:30-5:30pm

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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