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The STEM Lab at the Fairbanks Museum is a space where students are performing authentic scientific research, driven by their own curiosity, inspired by mentors and educators with a passion for discovery. ​This state-of-the-art STEM 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.

2019/20 School Year Programs​

Using STEM Lab resources, these programs explore the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout the school year. Take a look and find the right one for you:​​

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.


Exploring Strawberry DNA in the STEM Lab

Monday, February 24 with three session: 9:30am-10:30am, 12pm-1pm, and 2pm and 3pm 

Ever wondered what DNA is? All living things including you have DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid. Using strawberries, we will perform a scientific experiment using household materials to extract the DNA from it. The neat thing about strawberry DNA is that you can see it with the naked eye! The program takes place in the new Fairbanks Museum STEM Lab with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

Limit 10 students per session, Members: $10 Non-members: $15

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​.

Session 2: What is a Scientist?Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 20 , Mar 5, 12

Session 3: Astronomy in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium  - Mar 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 14

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.