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STEM Lab

STEM Lab

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 After School - FULL

Three 7-week sessions, (Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM)

  1. Fall 2020: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
  2. Winter 2021: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18
  3. Spring 2021: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29

Fee: $175/student

The current session is enrolled to capacity, and we are taking names for a waiting list.
 

STEM Lab: First Year

Three 7-week sessions, (Thursdays, 12:00 - 2:00 PM)

  1. Fall 2020: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
  2. Winter 2021: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18
  3. Spring 2021: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29

Fee: $350/student

Contact: Leila Nordmann or call the Museum (802-748-2372) to register or to be placed on a waiting list.

Topics: 

  • 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
  • Chemotaxis
  • Water quality
  • PCR/blue gel
  • Topics / ideas from NHAS to introduce to FMP students

Background Project: solar car building, trial and error, use of 3-D printer and working with kit of motor and solar panels. We plan to enter a competition in the spring.

COVID Precautions: We will be observing the museum’s safety protocol. Please be prepared to measure your temperature when entering the building and fill out a short questionnaire. We will have to do this each week. Personal masks are required.
For some labs we will use safety glasses and nitrile gloves, which the lab will supply.

Science Education Partnership Award

Fairbanks Museum STEM Lab students