Online STEM Fest to be held on Oct. 31

Greg Gancarz, Reporter

DeKALB — NIU’s STEM Fest will conclude with a four-hour live online event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Oct. 31. The event will feature presentations and activities for all ages, according to an Oct. 19 news release from the university. STEM Fest is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math hosted by NIU annually.

This year’s month-long STEM Fest has been celebrated throughout the month of October with virtual events and videos. It will culminate on Oct. 31 with the four-hour celebration which will include live-streamed presentations, videos and science demonstrations. Attendees can also chat with STEM experts from NIU, NASA, Argonne and Fermilab.

The main events will take place in three online “rooms” throughout the event. The Haunted STEAM Lab will feature demonstrations and videos with a “spooky” theme. Huskie Hall will showcase the work of faculty and students. The STEM Quest room will spotlight STEM experts from a variety of fields and organizations. The event will conclude with the streaming of “Find Your Spark”, a “science demo show” according to the news release. 

STEM Fest is usually held live at the Convocation Center but is being hosted online this year, in response to COVID-19. STEM Fest organizer Kristin Brynteson said this year’s online format allows all participants to enjoy their own custom experience. 

“Our online platform lets you watch what you want with no crowds and no lines,” Brynteson said. “Everyone gets a front-row seat to the best of STEM Fest.”

Registration and more information are available online at go.niu.edu/stemcelebration.