School Programs

Livestreamed NIU STEM Roadshows

Our STEM Roadshows are Virtual for Spring 2021

Our NIU STEM Roadshows are high-energy, interactive demo shows! They’re an excellent way to quickly engage all students in the many aspects of science, technology, engineering and math. Your students will leave in an excited state ready to engage more fully in science and math classes.

All demo shows are led by our experienced staff of STEM Educators. Shows typically last 45-60 minutes. Participants are able to ask questions and interact with the presenter throughout the performance. For more information on these and other NIU STEAM programs, please contact NIU STEAM at

Pricing ranges from $200-500 per show, depending on length of show, number of viewers and repeat, same-day showings.

Virtual Roadshow Menu

It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!

Grades K-2

It’s Not Magic, It’s Science! is designed to capture the imagination of younger students (grades K – 2) with amazing demonstrations that look like magic but are really science! We discuss how important skills like being observant, asking questions and doing experiments can be used to unlock the secrets behind a magic trick or to uncover the wonders of the world around us.

Find Your Spark

Grades 3-5

The Find Your Spark Roadshow focuses on concepts relating to potential energy (gravitational, elastic and electric) and how we can unlock our potential by finding our “spark” of creativity.

Extreme STEAM (Don’t try this at home!)

Grades 6-8

Get ready for a dangerously good time with “Extreme STEAM: Don’t Try This at Home!” This explosive virtual presentation collects some of our most exciting and impressive experiments and demonstrations into an experience that you’ll have to see to believe. Fireballs, high-powered lasers and high-speed projectiles are just a few of the amazing topics we’ll cover, but you won’t need to wear safety equipment to enjoy this show. All the experiments are done safely right here in our labs at NIU and streamed virtually to you and your students.

Customized Shows

Is your school or organization looking to excite and inspire students in specific topics? Do you want to modify one of our other shows? Do your students need special accommodations or differentiation? We’re happy to help! Email our STEM Educators at today!

The Virtual STEM Read Experience

Starting at $850 for up to 60 participants

Learn the science, live the book with online STEM Read field trips. We use interactive games to inspire reluctant and ravenous readers to learn more about the STEM concepts behind popular fiction books. Includes eight hours of activities and experts for the book you choose.

STEAM Studio Learning Experiences

Our flexible STEAM Studio classes can be your STEAM curriculum, whether they’re embedded into your activities or stand alone. Sessions include synchronous and asynchronous content delivery, independent working time for student projects and facilitated group discussions.

Taught by your instructors using our content. We give you the resources to make this curriculum your own. Includes: instructor guide, student materials, supporting videos/media, access to NIU STEAM Learning Community for your instructors, two hours of coaching for your instructors.

Taught by NIU STEAM educators. We’ll seamlessly teach courses from start to finish for an immersive STEAM learning experience. Includes 20 accounts per section in NIU STEAM Learning Management System, instruction delivered by experienced NIU STEAM educators, access to NIU STEAM Learning Community for your instructors, digital badges for your students.

STEAM Literacy Nights

Bring STEAM and literature alive with hands-on exploration stations based on selected fiction books. We give you what you need to host your own online lit night or we can host for you.

Do-it-yourself STEAM Lit Night

NIU STEAM-hosted Lit Night