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STEM Lab Student Programs


At the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium's STEM Lab, students perform authentic scientific research, driven by their own curiosity, and inspired by mentors and educators with a passion for discovery. ​This state-of-the-art lab was established in partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Sciences (NHAS) to address the need in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom for middle and high school students to learn the scientific method. The facility is part of the Fairbanks Museum campus and provides access to a wide array of advanced scientific instruments and outstanding educational resources.

The STEM Lab at the Fairbanks Museum offers excellence in educational opportunities to all students including school groups who visit (see the classes we offer for school groups here). Our programs below are open to homeschool students and any others who can join us at the times they are listed. If you are interested in participating in the lab, please contact Leila Nordmann.


2020 Student Programs​

STEM Science Fair  Introduction to Science Topics  Math Encounters  STEM Lab First Year  STEM Lab Second Year

You can register online for the STEM Lab program of your choice by making your payment through the secure link on this website. You can also sign up online and pay by check.



STEM Science Fair 

  • May 7th from 2:30-4:30 PM at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium 
  • $5 per student, ages 6-13, limit 20 students
  • Additional Information 


Introduction to Science Topics

We will explore science topics through lively discussions using our collections, planetarium and classes geared to the Next Generation Science Standards. Taught by Fairbanks Museum Educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio​.

  • Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, March through May *** Currently hosted online only. 
  • $105/student per Session 
  • Additional Information 

Session 3: Astronomy Online  - Mar 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6

STEM Science Fair - May 7th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm 


Math Encounters Lab - A Deep Investigation of Mathematics​

Open to all with a focus on youth who want  to do a deep investigation of mathematics. Mathematics illuminates patterns that abound in our world, making sense of sequences, designs, and structures. Math Encounters will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics -- your world will never be the same!



STEM Lab First Year

Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 AM, 21 weeks (September 2019 through April 2020)   ​

  • Completely Full
  • Ages 11 and up
  • $350/student due by September 9. Pay online or by check. You may apply for our payment plan.

STEM Lab Second Year

Wednesdays 12:00 - 2:00 PM: 21 classes (September 2019 through April 2020)​

  • Completely Full
  • $350/student due by September 9. Pay online or by check. You may apply for our payment plan.



The STEM Lab at the Fairbanks Museum was established in 2018 with generous support from the Argosy Foundation, the Dorothy and Jack Byrne Foundation, and many individual donors. Your support helps students pursue their goals by maintaining rigor and excellence in our educational services. These opportunities are possible through generous donations. We're grateful for your support.


Latest photos from the lab taken by Bobby Farlice-Rubio with a 3-D printed phone camera mount on our microscope. These are roundworms called C.elegans we are working on in the lab:



 If you are interested in participating in the lab, please contact Leila Nordmann.