STEM Programs in New Hampshire

Information on pre-college STEM related programs available within New Hampshire are provided as a resource to our section members. We structured the information into Programs for Participants and Resources for Educators and Volunteers.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs provides students with opportunities to learn by doing and apply their engineering, science, and mathematics knowledge.

When students participate in STEM activities, they get…

  • A hands-on educational project(s)
  • A fun and challenging experiences
  • Trained teachers, mentors and volunteers
  • To be part of a team
  • Inspired!

To understand the “why” of STEM, watch This Isn’t a Robot FIRST video (courtesy of RadicalMedia).

If you are involved in a STEM Program, please tell us about related events and activities.

Visit a pre-college STEM event near you and find out what they are like, most are open to the public and you can get a firsthand look at the impact they have on kids and the public

Upcoming Events – STEM

Nov 10

NH Techfest at Salem High School

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 


Program Directory

Program Name Brief description
Destination Imagination (DI) Destination Imagination® (DI) is one of the most popular extracurricular school activities in New Hampshire, with about 2,000 student participants each year from schools and community-based organizations around the state. You really need to see this program in action to truly appreciate it! But even though a picture might be worth a thousand words, we think a video would be even better: https://youtu.be/Zdwhi7oDl4U
FIRST FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in New Hampshire in 1989.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.

https://www.firstinspires.org/

NE FIRST is the operational partner of the FIRST Robotics Competition in the six New England states

https://nefirst.org/

FIRST LEGO league, Jr Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements
FIRST LEGO League Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design
FIRST Tech Challenge Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations
FIRST Robotics Competition High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed
Girls Code Tell us more about this program if you are involved
Math Counts Tell us more about this program if you are involved
NH Maker and Food Fest Tell us more about this program if you are involved
NH Girls Technology Days Girls Technology Day events are coordinated by the NH Department of Education in partnership with the NH High Tech Council, the Community College System of NH, University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Science, and many business partners. Since 2012, these events have served to encourage New Hampshire’s female students to become invested in technical career fields during the ninth and tenth grades. Student attendance numbers continue to grow on an annual basis. This year, there are nearly 600 students registered to attend the events on at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord and the University of New Hampshire’s College of Engineering and Physical Science (CEPS) in Durham.
School Tech days Tell us more about this program if you are involved
Science & Engineering Expo The purpose of the New Hampshire Science and Engineering Exposition Association (NHSEEA) is the advancement of science education in the State of New Hampshire. The Association intends to do this in two ways. First, through an initiative called the New Hampshire Science and Engineering Exposition, which includes the NH High School Science Fair. Secondly, the Association collaborates with businesses, with communities, and with the state’s colleges and universities.
SeaPerch SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from low-cost, easily accessible materials, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.
TechFest NH TechFest is a career-oriented Science and Technology Expo designed just for Teens. We want you to come see all the exciting things our exhibitors have brought to show you.  Things you won’t see in school, maybe not even on the Internet, perhaps ideas that you have never even dreamed existed.
VEX robotics Tell us more about this program if you are involved
Young Inventors Tell us more about this program if you are involved

Resources for Educators and Volunteers

Resource Name Brief description
IEEE Pre-University Education A collection of IEEE educational resources for educators, parents, students, IEEE volunteers, and the public
New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education Sharing the ways technology transforms teaching and learning
UNH STEM Education Resources Our team addresses these needs head on by engaging K-12 educators, adults, and youth in research-informed STEM learning experiences. We are transforming K-12 STEM education in the Granite State by providing professional development workshops for educators, STEM enrichment for learners, and leadership throughout the state to collaboratively achieve science literacy for all.

Types of Volunteers

Here are some generic volunteer roles that support the various STEM programs, as a way to communicate what help might be needed.  Each program will have their own titles and responsibilities, and each group will have their own needs that will change over time. Contact your local STEM groups or program to determine how to volunteer.

  • Event Volunteers and Judges – Provides resources and expertise to hold, manage and judge program events based on program specific rules
  • Technology Mentors – provides expertise and knowledge about various technologies and engineering concepts
  • Team Coaches – works with the students to help them organize their team
  • Program Liaison’s – acts as liaison between the regional or national program and local teams

Program & Resource Details

If you are involved in a STEM Program, please tell us about related events and activities.

Destination Imagination (DI)

Website: http://nh-di.org/

Sponsor: New Hampshire’s Incredible Creativity Connection, or NHICC

Target grade levels: Elementary, middle, and high school students
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FIRST

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/

Website: https://nefirst.org/

“It’s not about the robots—it’s never been about the robots,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development. “We are not using kids to build robots. We are using robots to build kids.”

FIRST LEGO league, Jr

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr

Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements

Grades K-4

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FIRST LEGO League

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design

Grades 4- 8

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FIRST Tech Challenge

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

Grades 7-12

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FIRST Robotics Competition

Website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

Grades 9-12

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Girls Code

Website: https://girlswhocode.com/

Tell us more about this program if you are involved

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IEEE Pre-University Education Resources

IEEE offers a broad range of resources to educators and volunteers to inspire students interest in STEM learning.  Some of the better known resources include:

  • TryEngineering.org
  • Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
  • TryComputing.org
  • TryNano.org

For additional information and to learn about some of the other programs, check out the Pre-University website.

Website: https://www.ieee.org/education/preuniversity/index.html

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Math Counts

Website               http://www.nhspe.org/mathcounts/

Tell us more about this program if you are involved

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NH Maker and Food Fest

Website               https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/nh-maker-food-fest

Tell us more about this program if you are involved

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NH Girls Technology Days

Website: https://gtd-nh.org/

Tell us more about this program if you are involved

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New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education

Website: http://www.nhste.org/

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School Tech days

Website

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Science & Engineering Expo

Website: http://nhsee.org/

Target grade levels: High school students

The New Hampshire Science & Engineering Expo Association (NHSEEA), proud sponsor of the NH High School Science Fair, wants to engage both student s and teachers in hands-on science, engineering and math projects to encourage students to learn and develop the process skills necessary to design and perform experimental procedures.

It has long been known that the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) are not truly attracting enough students to meet the needs of the future.  We want to help change that statistic by setting up partnerships within the business community to provide mentoring opportunities for our students while they are doing their engineering projects or independent research.

What better way is there for students to showcase the STEM proficiencies they have used to create solutions to real-world problems than at a Science Fair?  NHSEEA wants to help all students become part of the science fair system as their entry onto the pathway to college and beyond.

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SeaPerch

Website: http://ccom.unh.edu/seaperch

Seacoast SeaPerch is a partnership between UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Extension partners with CCOM to support and train volunteers and educators to participate in Seacoast SeaPerch and to host the annual Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge.

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TechFest

Since 2009, NH TechFest has been showcasing those exciting STEM occupations by inviting cutting edge technology companies in New England to feature their innovations and ideas in a hands-on format for Middle and High School students. From video game developers to drone racers to roboticists, these are the STEM fields of the Future. And STEM touches all areas- the FBI forensics lab, meteorology, and assistive technologies. How can you be an active participant in the Future? Come see, touch, hear, and experience those ideas and inventions at NH TechFest. Meet the scientists, engineers, and technology professionals and be inspired.

Website: https://www.nhtechfest.org/volunteers/

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UNH STEM Education Resources

Website: https://extension.unh.edu/topic-resources/STEM%20Education

Tell us more about this program if you are involved

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VEX robotics

Website: https://www.vexrobotics.com/

Target grade levels: High school students

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Young Inventors Program (YIP)

Website: http://www.aas-world.org/YIP/

Target grade levels: Elementary, middle, and high school students

Principle sponsoring organization: Academy of Applied Science

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