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 far away 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. 

Date & Time

Mondays @ 5:30 pm


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


Contact Frank Decaro to let us know you are coming!


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 New Hampshire 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

Aspirations in Computing Awards Aspirations in Computing Awards


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. With support from the Bean Foundation, we are also offering a series of elementary programs starting in January 2019. Our goal is to get youth excited about STEM at an early age and to provide a pathway for continued access and engagement. Upcoming programs include 3D printing, coding, SeaPerch, art/biology and marine science. See examples of some of the programs below. Follow us on Twitter @UNHSTEMlab to stay informed!

Community Hubs: Boys & Girls Club of ManchesterManchester Police Athletic LeagueINTI AcademyRoca Kidz Club and YMCA of Downtown Manchester


Elementary programming for grades 3-5
  • SeaTreks: During the month of January, students from Manchester School District 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the YMCA got hands-on with UNH Marine Docents. They dissected squid, investigated rocky shore creatures, learned about whales and made fish prints.
  • Zombie Art (February - June): We partnered with Unchartered Tutoring to offer fun anatomy art classes. Students build projects around human anatomy including brains, skulls, gingerbread zombies, x-ray hands and more. Two multi-week sessions: February – June.
  • Code Your World (February - June): Students use Scratch and other computer programming and technology to design games, animations and music. They also learn about 3D printing. Two multi-week sessions: February – June.
Middle school programming for grades 6-8
  • Space Art: In another great partnership with Unchartered Tutoring, students will use self-built rockets and paper lanterns to explore the different astral bodies. Dates are TBD.
  • SeaPerch (March - April): We’re taking the show on the road to offer SeaPerch at the YMCA. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and participate in the Seacoast Seaperch Competition. Offered March – April.
  • 3D printing and TinkerCad (March - April): Students will learn how to design their own products using an online 3D design program.  Offered March – April.
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.