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STEM Lab Student Programs


This space is all about real scientific research. It's a place for curious minds to follow their own curiosity and 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 scientific method and work with advanced technical equipment. The facility is part of the Fairbanks Museum campus and provides access to a wide array of 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​

 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.


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​.

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!


  • Third Saturdays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM, September 2019 - September 2020, Online only May - July 2020
  • Instructed by Daisy McCoy and Theodora Montague
  • Limited to 20 students
  • $250/student 
  • Contact the Museum for multiple family member payment options
  • Additional Information 


STEM Lab First Year

Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 AM, 21 weeks (September 2020 through May 2021)   ​

  • 10 Students Max
  • Ages 11 and up
  • $350/student. 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 2020 through May 2021)​

  • 10 Students Max
  • $350/student. 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 lSTEM Lab, please contact Karina Weiss.