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STEM Starters

Students learn about electronics at a recent STEM Starters workshop.

Weekend science workshops for middle and high school students

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
609 West 129th Street
Education Lab (ground floor)


Select Saturdays throughout the school year, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (unless noted otherwise).

Spring 2020 Schedule:

Saturday, February 15, 2020: Electronics Day
Saturday, March 21, 2020: Neuroscience Day **CANCELLED**
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020


STEM Starters is open to middle and high school students. Registration required. Adults are welcome to accompany children and stay for the session.

Information for Volunteers:

STEM Starters is always looking for volunteers to help us with our programs. Whether you want to plan, teach or just hang out with kids, we would love to have your support!  We gladly welcome people and ideas from all fields of science, applied sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

STEM Starters is flexible with different levels of involvement from volunteers. Undergrads, graduate students and postdocs are all equally welcome to be involved. Alternatively, if you have ideas for teaching science or can point us to great teaching resources, we’d also appreciate it!  Interested volunteers should email 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


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