Columbia University in the City of New York

STEM Starters

Students learn about electronics at a recent STEM Starters workshop.

Weekend science workshops for middle and high school students

"We at STEM Starters acknowledge that our local community is in pain and has been in pain for a long time. Black people are not treated equally in our society, and Columbia as an institution is not guiltless in the manifestation of inequalities in our neighborhood. We are a small band of graduate students brought together by our love for science and our desire to provide space for local kids to freely enjoy experiments, but we are also supported by academic institutes and privileges that have historically left minorities behind. Racial disparities in higher education and STEM careers are very real, and change demands acknowledgement and effort from us in academia. Though our events are halted during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are receptive and listening: [email protected]."

**STEM Starters workshops are currently suspended. A comprehensive list of online and virtual programming can be found here.**


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).

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 [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].

Public Events

View all events>