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Providing Hands-On STEM Engagement


STEM Illinois is providing STEM-based activities, programs and events to K-12 students and families in the Urbana-Champaign area. Participants in STEM Illinois programs receive a unique interactive, hands-on learning experience that allows learners of all ages to deepen their knowledge in STEM studies, gain confidence in their abilities and chart a course for career opportunities in STEM fields.


Buoyancy and Density

Participating students will learn about the concepts of buoyancy and density. Students will design, build and test their own functioning boat. By the end of the session, students will be able to describe concepts related to volume, displacement, buoyancy and density.
There will be a kit distribution to participate. All required materials will be provided through STEM Illinois except for a computer and Wi-Fi (see flyer for more important information on technology requirements).

3-Ways to Engage


STEM Illinois @ HOME

Engage with STEM Illinois at home! Join us every Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST) to engage in hands-on STEM activities!


STEM Saturday

STEM Saturdays hosted by STEM Illinois are community-based academic STEM learning events for students and parents to learn together. They reach hundreds of students, parents, and volunteers and spark a passion for STEM learning through hands-on, project-based activities.



STEM Festivals hosted by STEM Illinois are immersive, community-based STEM exploration events where youth interact with STEM activities of varied types.


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Help bring STEM to the community


Volunteers are an integral part of STEM Illinois. Enthusiastic and patient volunteers are needed to assist in facilitating STEM demonstrations and activities for K-12 students.