Faculty, Get Involved with NIU STEAM

NIU faculty and students play an integral role in the work of NIU STEAM. Join us in promoting STEAM knowledge and enthusiasm for people of all ages and in highlighting NIU experts and opportunities.


Get involved generating excitement for STEAM.

Join NIU STEAM staff in working with more than 30,000 students each year at events on campus, in K-12 schools or with community partners.

  • Be a STEM Expert at one of our STEM Read Field Trips.
  • Provide challenges and/or instruction during our elementary or middle school STEAM Camps.
  • Deliver a session at our STEAMing It up! Conference each year.
  • Host a BLOCK Fest® event for preschool children at your local library or school.


Get involved recruiting students to NIU for STEAM Fields.

Join NIU STEAM staff in hosting activities for middle school and high school students interested in STEM careers.

  • Host summer program participants in your lab during our middle and high school STEAM Camps.
  • Recommend current NIU students as student workers and volunteers for our programs.
  • Join us on school visits to talk with K-12 students about NIU programs and STEM careers.

Broader Impacts

Get involved creating broader impacts across our entire community. Learn about NIU STEAM and Broader Impacts.

Join NIU STEAM staff in engaging our entire community in activities that communicate and demonstrate important STEM topics and advancements or consult with us on NSF Broader Impacts Activities.

  • Share your research or outreach with the adult or teen communities at a monthly STEM Cafe.
  • Host a booth at our annual October STEM Fest with your students.
  • Participate in our regular STEM Read and Failure Bites Podcast Series.
  • NSF Broader Impacts proposals and activities: The NIU STEAM team has broad experience in working with the public, educators, college students, teens and children as STEM communicators, program planners and implementors. Whether you’d like to participate in one or more of our existing programs or develop a new outreach endeavor related to your research, we can help.
    • Contact Judith Dymond at jdymond@niu.edu to discuss your project’s requirements and how we may be able to assist with the proposal.
    • NIU STEAM can also assist with implementation if we are involved in planning.