What is STEM Fest?

STEM Fest is a creative mix of online and in-person events in the month of October. When it's safe to do so, we have an all-day, in-person event at the Northern Illinois Convocation Center. When we're distancing, the fun still goes on with virtual events and activities leading up to a half-day online celebration of presentations, activities and chats with STEM experts. Whether in-person, live-streamed or recorded, STEM Fest will inspire you when you discover your spark of STEAM inspiration all October long!

Weekly Activities

We offer a month-long schedule of virtual talks, panels and workshops. Children, adults and educators are invited to have fun learning about STEM through interactive presentations and hands-on activities.

STEM Fest Celebration

STEM Fest 2020 ended with a live virtual celebration on Oct. 31, 2020. Participants visited online "rooms" to explore the fun side of science, technology, engineering and math; watch live and recorded demo shows, connect with STEM experts and learn about the latest STEM research being conducted at NIU. If we're able to, we'll have an in-person celebration in 2021, so check back later to learn more or sign up to join our NIU STEAM newsletter for updates about STEM Fest 2021.