About STEM Outreach - Northern Illinois University

About STEM Outreach

NIU's Center for P-20 Engagement

NIU’s STEM Outreach delivers off-campus programs and on-campus activities designed to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among P-12 students, their families, and educators. Our office provides a central place to find information on the numerous outreach programs offered by NIU’s STEM departments and the colleges.

NIU has long been involved in public programs such as the very popular Haunted Physics Laboratory at Halloween, Davis Hall Observatory visits, chemistry demonstration shows, WYSE competitions, and the Frontier Physics Road Shows. In 2008, STEM Outreach was established as part of NIU’s Center for P-20 Engagement, which coordinates activities across the continuum from pre-school through graduate school. This change has increased the impact of the university’s diverse STEM programs for the public.

NIU STEM Outreach has four purposes:

  1. Build interest and excitement about STEM at NIU through standards-based presentations at schools.
  2. Provide opportunities for hands-on experiences with STEM subjects by conducting extra-curricular activities including clubs, competitions, and traveling hands-on museums.
  3. Raise educational aspirations, knowledge of STEM, and interest in attending NIU by coordinating activities such as structured campus visits, special events, and summer camps at NIU’s campuses.
  4. Improve teaching of STEM subjects by collaborating with teacher preparation and professional development activities in four NIU colleges.


NIU Stem Outreach is proud to be associated with organizations interested in promoting STEM literacy and encouraging young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields.


Illinois Champions Board    USA Science & Engineering Festival    Illinois State Partner
Illinois Girls Collaborative Project USA_Science_and_Engineering_Festival Science Matters