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STEM Starters

Learn about STEM fields and concepts at Columbia from science graduate students!

Learn about STEM fields and concepts at Columbia from science graduate students!

Learn about science with Columbia University STEM students and scientists!

We host free events for kids and families in West Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods. 
Email [email protected] to be added to our mailing list and for future event updates.




Register now for our Dec. 2nd event, “Vision and Light Day,” at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center Education Lab! We are hosting an open vision and light themed experimental workshop for local middle school students and their families. Come learn about the science behind optical illusions, color perception, microscopy, and more! Content is geared toward a middle-school level science background, but all ages are welcome! Registration is free and we require that a guardian accompany students throughout the event. Attendees will rotate at their own paces between activity stations and talk with grad student scientists as they learn. See you there!




STEM Starters is an outreach program run by Columbia University graduate students who are passionate about teaching kids science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Every month, we invite late elementary school and middle school students to join us for an afternoon of experiments in different fields of science.


We want to inspire everyone’s inner scientist by showing that science is all around us and that exploring the world through STEM is really fun! From demonstrating how electronic circuits work to exploring animal behavior, we encourage students to engage scientifically with their world.

See photos from our recent events here



Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute

3227 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Education Lab (ground floor)



Select Saturdays throughout the year, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Nov. 4th: Spy Science Day 

Dec. 2nd: registration open now!



Information for Volunteers:

STEM Starters is able to accept volunteers who are currently enrolled in Columbia University Masters or PhD programs in STEM fields. We take up to 30 volunteers each year, and all volunteers must go through Protection of Minors training and background checks for the safety of our attendees. Interested volunteers should email [email protected] to receive information about meetings and events.


STEM Starters is a collaboration between Women In Science at Columbia (WISC) and Columbia's Zuckerman Institute and is supported by the Avantor Foundation. For more information, email [email protected].


During quarantine, we switched to online content. We have these recorded STEMinars on YouTube available to everyone! Watch here


Thank you for engaging with us and being part of this community!






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