Columbia University in the City of New York

STEM Starters

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

Join us in-person on October 29th, 1-3 pm, for the Halloween Laboratory!




STEM Starters at Columbia University hosts a workshop of forensic-science-themed experiment stations for local students and their families in West Harlem! Come solve a mystery with tools of forensic science! Content is geared toward a middle-school level science background, but all ages are welcome! Registration is free. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at the door for admittance, and we require that a guardian for minors signs in their student(s) in person. Attendees will rotate at their own paces between activity stations and talk with grad student scientists as they learn. See you there!

Candid photos of the activity stations will be taken during the event, and by registering you consent to us potentially using photos of you on our webpage and promotional posts.


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 middle and high 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.




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 (unless noted otherwise).

August 27th - Chemistry
October 29th - Spooky Forensic Science

STEM Starters is designed for middle school students. Registration required. Adult guardians are welcome to accompany children and stay for the session.


Information for Volunteers:


STEM Starters is able to accept volunteers who are currently enrolled in Columbia University Masters of 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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