STEM is a way of learning that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics together into real-world applications and experiences. STEM education rarely offers an explicit solution to a problem. Instead, students use what they know to determine the best possible solution.
STEM Fest is a celebration of all things science, technology, engineering, art and math. It began in October 2010 as a way to bring together NIU and community partners to provide young people and their families the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities as they explore STEM fields and careers. In 2019, more than 7,000 visitors attended NIU’s STEM Fest, experiencing activities such as the Haunted Physics Lab, a weather balloon launch, block building, cow eye dissections and more!
STEM Fest occurs on a Saturday in October. STEM Fest 2021 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. STEM Fest is an expo, an open-house style event. Come and go at any time. Most families report spending at least three hours at STEM Fest!
STEM Fest is held in the heart of NIU’s DeKalb central campus in the Holmes Student Center, MLK Commons and Founders Memorial Library.
Thanks to many generous sponsors and volunteers, STEM Fest is free to attend! No advance registration is required of participants. Attendees may want to bring money for lunch or snacks, or pack food and dine in one of the many public lounges at the Holmes Student Center and Library.
Yes! Groups of all sizes and ages are welcome to join us. To help us plan for your group, we appreciate your advance notice by registering your group here. We ask that groups plan to bring one chaperone for every five elementary school students, six middle school students or 10 high school students. Scouts and youth groups have the ability to earn a patch! Learn more.
Yes! STEM Fest is ADA compliant. Please contact Judith Dymond at email@example.com or 815-753-4751 with any special requests.
You can also support STEM Fest by volunteering a few hours of your time. Volunteers are needed to help with greeting, directing and engaging guests in hands on activities such as programing robots, building with blocks, experiencing virtual reality technology, and more!
Each year, STEM Fest hosts more than 100 exhibitors. Learn more about ways you can become an exhibitor.
The best way to learn about future STEM programs is to sign up for our e-newsletter. Visit our NIU STEAM website to learn more about ways you can bring our programs to your school, group outing or event. And plan to attend a STEM summer camp!