A partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Sciences
The STEM Lab at the Fairbanks Museum is dedicated to applied scientific research. It's a space where inquisitive students 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 provides access to a wide array of scientific instruments, outstanding educational resources, and expert guidance.
STEM Lab: First Year
For rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders or students in that age range.
Work on skill building, equipment proficiency, setting up living cultures of daphnia, C. elegans, & C. reginae. This is a chance to expose students to many of the tools and equipment used in scientific research.
- Introduction to the lab, safety and protocol, ethics, scientific method, reading a scientific paper
- Maintenance of equipment, plus care of daphnia and C. elegans
- Measurement and accuracy,
- Simple chemistry
- Cells / DNA
- C. elegans introduction, create tools: worm pics
- Orchid propagation
- Water quality
- PCR/blue gel
- Topics / ideas from NHAS to introduce to FMP students
- Prepare experiments the students can work on in the spring
STEM Lab: First Year
Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:00 PM
- Session 1: Oct 20 - Dec 8 (No lab Thanksgiving Week, Nov 24)
- Session 2: Jan 5 - Feb 16
- Session 3: Mar 9 - Apr 27 (No lab School vacation April 20)
Thursdays 9:00 -11:00 AM
- Session 1: Oct 21 -Dec 9 (No lab Thanksgiving week, Nov 25)
- Session 2: Jan 6 - Feb 17
- Session 3: Mar 10 - Apr 28 (No lab School vacation week April 21)
For some labs we will use safety glasses and nitrile gloves, which the lab will supply.
Summer of STEM!
Introduction to Scienctific Research
Ages 12 - 16
- July 18 - 22, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- $750/student includes all materials (scholarship support is available from the NH Academy of Science)
This foundational program is for beginners and students with an interest in gaining new research skills and experience. We'll cover topics including scientific planning, instrument techniques, and analytic approaches that scientists use in an advanced ethically run research lab.
Applied Scientific Research
Ages 12 - 18
- July 25 - August 12, (Mon - Fri) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- $3,050/student includes all materials (scholarship support is available from the NH Academy of Science)
This three-week intensive STEM Lab course aims to train participants in basic scientific best practices and methods in a professional lab setting. With these skills students will work with advanced scientific instrumentation and the model organism, C. elegans preforming an investigation that tests a specific hypothesis. Students will develop their own projects and can work individually or in groups up to three students. The program is aimed at students who are in grade 8 through 12 and have a serious interest in performing authentic scientific research. Research is supported by experienced PhD faculty through our partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Science. An oral presentation and technical writing piece will be required as a culmination of the three-week investigation. Additional time will be offered later in the summer to either extend student research or work with our scientists to prepare a paper for peer-review.