STEM Starters

About Us:

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 school students from the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (HEAF) to join us for an afternoon of experiments in different fields of science. This program is a collaboration between The Zuckerman Institute and Women in STEM at Columbia (WISC), and is supported by funding from the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.

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.

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’d 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, Grad 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 us ( to receive information about meetings and events.

Our next event:

STEM Starters: Environmental Science
When: April 20, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Register here:

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Past Events:

Neuroscience Day
Computer Science Day
Electronics Day
Energy Day
Ecology Day