STEM Fest 2021 - Saturday, October 23

Save the date! The 2021 STEM Fest Celebration is in person at the NIU DeKalb Campus on Saturday, October 23! We’re also planning special STEM Fest virtual events throughout October. Sign up for our newsletter for detailed updates.

Donate to STEM Fest on June 23-24

Please share your love of STEM Fest by donating to our first-ever organized fundraising campaign during the Huskies United Day of Giving on June 23-24. Your donation directly provides positive STEM experiences for our students and our STEM Fest families. Help keep NIU STEM Fest innovative, exciting and free for all participants young and old.

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STEM Fest by the numbers

As we gear up for year 12 of STEM Fest, we’re thrilled that this flagship event has helped to inspire so many people over the years.

  • Since 2010, STEM Fest has welcomed:
    • More than 50,000 attendees.
    • Over 1,200 exhibits.
    • More than 7,000 NIU volunteers.
  • Local scouts have earned over 5,000 patches.
  • The year of highest attendance was 2019, with almost 8,000 people – and 96% said they planned to come back!
  • The year with largest social media reach was 2020 with more than 80,000 reached.

We’re grateful for the participation of our external partners – NASA, Argonne National Labs, Fermilab, Morton Arboretum and the Rockford Park District, as well as the dedication of our long-term sponsors – Ideal Industries, Thermo Fisher, Ecolab, ComEd and Nicor.