Lifelong learning is our mission! Join us to ignite your spark of curiosity or take the next step on your journey of discovery. With NIU STEAM, you’ll find a welcoming community of curious learners.

STEM Cafés

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés – fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Usually, we meet in a local restaurant, but for now our STEM Cafés are online, so bring your own food and drink and join us for the next virtual STEM Café. Interested in accessing our previous STEM Café recordings? Find them all – including our series of cafés related to COVID-19 – on our YouTube channel.


Nothing beats the excitement of STEM Fest as people of all ages hear from experts, enjoy live science demo shows and experience hands-on learning. Join us to find out why STEM Fest has thousands of fans who return year after year!


Our three unique podcasts aim to educate, connect with and entertain our community. From stories of how successful people have failed – and tried again – to interviews with bestselling authors, our podcasts immerse you in fascinating conversations. Please join our conversations and take a listen!

Future Telling Webinars

Every great leap forward starts with a burst of creativity. Someone sees the world as it is, dreams of what it could be, and then works to make the dream a reality. This is future telling, something that writers, innovators, and STEM experts do every day to imagine and create a better world.

Join us for fun, fast-paced webinars that include panel discussions and Q&As with authors and experts about hot topics in researching and writing science fiction. Our goal is to introduce writers to bleeding-edge concepts, to invigorate STEM experts with mind-bending views of the future, and to celebrate the connections between STEM and storytelling.

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