STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM Fest is Northern Illinois University’s largest nonpathogenic event, designed to bring young people and their parents to NIU to explore STEM fields and future careers. Parents and teachers can learn about our outreach opportunities and establish ongoing relationships with those interested in encouraging young people to pursue STEM careers.

Yes and no. The majority of STEM Fest will be online, however we are planning some in-person workshops, activities and live demo shows at NIU Naperville, NIU Hoffman Estates and NIU Rockford throughout the month of October. To limit capacity, you can attend these events by registration only. We follow all CDC recommendations for health and safety, and you are expected to wear a mask and social distance if you attend.

We’re also offering several events and activities online all month long. STEM Fest 2020 wraps up with a large, free online STEM Fest celebration and expo.

Nearly all of our events and activities are free, including our STEM Fest celebration and expo on Oct. 31. Some in-person activities require a small fee to cover materials. We also have an online store where you can purchase t-shirts and other merchandise.

Yes! We have activities for your troop to complete, and once you’ve finished all of them, you’re eligible to purchase patches online.

We’re looking for community partners to organize STEM Fest activities, exhibit at our celebration, and/or sponsor our event. Community exhibitors are welcome to join our Oct. 31 event, either by pre-recording a video or interacting in live online rooms with our participants. If you have an event or activity that you think is a good fit for STEM Fest 2020, we’d love to hear about it. For more information or to share your ideas for collaboration, please email us at

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307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

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