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. 

University of New Hampshire at Manchester is an Academic Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award. We are proud to serve as the Coordinator of the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Regional Affiliate.

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. Thousands of technically inclined girls and women are offered opportunities to learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in-person meetups, receive visibility for technical achievements, and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities. Additionally, they gain exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. All of these benefits are made possible by NCWIT Alliance Members, AiC peers in the network, and adult influencers who serve as volunteers and mentors. This collective investment is making a considerable and sustainable impact on future technology and innovation by increasing women’s meaningful participation.

For more information, please visit or contact Emily Kerr at

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Summer Youth Programs:

The STEM Discovery Lab offers a number of STEM summer programs for youth. All programs are hands-on and engaging and take place on the University of New Hampshire's Manchester campus.

Design, Make, Code offers five different sessions in Earthquake Engineering, Mousetrap Powered Car Challenge, Catching the Wind, Roller Coaster Science, and Master Builder.

Creative Computing Challenge is for girls curious about computer science.

Learn more and register

Scholarships: limited scholarships are available. During the registration process, students will be asked if they are requesting financial assistance. Priority consideration for scholarships will go to students who enroll by May 15. Recipients will be notified after June 1. Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee one will be provided.

This five-week summer program is offered to Manchester school district middle and high school students entering grades 6 – 12 in fall 2018. 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.


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. | Dates coming soon!
  • For more information, contact Emily Kerr, STEM Discovery Lab coordinator.
  • Sponsored by the STEM Discovery Lab and the Manchester School District

Past sponsors include the Agnes Lindsay Trust and Southern New Hampshire Services.