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. 

Tired of cartoons on Saturday morning? Make your own goo and find electricity in lemons at the 4-H Science Bonanza! The Science Bonanza is a one day, free event that offers fun science workshops to youth ages 5 – 13 and a 4- H Science Showcase that provides participants an opportunity to learn about science opportunities in 4-H and at the STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester

Attendence is free and will include lunch and three 80-minute workshops in the following topic areas:

  • Maker/Engineering – Imagine, Design, Build and Share anything.  This track is about creativity and exploring different design and building techniques, materials and mediums.  It is about learning new skills and sharing the results of your efforts.
  • AgriScience (Plant & Animal Science) – How do plants grow?  How do I keep my animals healthy?  This track is about the science behind agriculture and includes understanding livestock and pets as well as growing and caring for flowers and vegetables.
  • Food & Nutrition – How do we keep our minds and bodies healthy?  Can I use science to cook good food? There is so much science behind the food we eat and keeping healthy that it’s hard not to have fun while staying healthy. 
  • Ecology/Environment – What do fish eat?  What kind of critters live in a rotting log?  Exploring our natural world is so exciting. Whether observing wildlife or collecting insects in a stream, there is so much to learn about in nature.

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

Date & TIme:

December 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM





Click here for a full list of workshops. During registration youth can sign up for one workshop per timeslot.

Additionally, participants are invited to explore the Science Showcase, which will include current and upcoming opportunities in STEM 4-H programs in many NH counties including:  Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack, Strafford, Chesire Counties.



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.

Scholarships: limited scholarships are available. During the registration process, students will be asked if they are requesting financial assistance. 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. 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.
  • 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.