Projects

A STEM program designed to connect middle school age young people to Rutgers University faculty and inspire them to become scientists and engineers. The program engages youth in hands on activities and demonstrations that highlight a wide variety of STEM disciplines.

The summits are on campus events designed to engage students in service learning and/or citizen science projects. The Climate Change Teen Summit (grades 8-12) engages students to learn about climate change science and to develop community science projects that apply their knowledge of climate change issues in their local communities. Sponsored by State Farm, the Science of Soil Summit  introduces middle school students to the science behind healthy soil. The program includes a soil assessment done in the students’ communities and reported using a citizen science app.

A STEM program for high achieving young people (grades 9-12) who are underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. The program, which is in its 11th year of operation, has shown positive shifts in young peoples’ perception of their own participation in science. Pre and post-test results show youth are more interested in working with scientists to solve problems and learning about new science discoveries. The program also increased participants’ perception of science as exciting and their confidence in their ability to do and learn science. See 2019 article on the program.

Teen Science Café out-of-school programs for high school students (grades 9-12) are a fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply.

Ocean Science Conference (grades 3-12): Known as Ocean Days, these on-campus science fairs focus on science questioning, provide a platform for students and scientists to interact one on one, and expose students to topics in marine science.