STEM Docents

It isn’t unusual to hear adults credit a person from their childhood — a parent, a teacher, a counselor, a mentor — with introducing a concept or providing a new way of looking at something that made such an impression, it ultimately changed the course of their lives.

By becoming a STEM Docent, you have the opportunity to be that person for a young learner.

As a STEM docent, you and your fellow volunteers will be trained in curriculum modules in one or more of the four STEM areas — science, technology, engineering and math — and deliver the lessons to students in New Hampshire. The first year of our program will focus on schools in the greater Manchester area.

After you sign up, you will receive in-depth, ongoing training based on the Next Generation Science Standards — which includes the latest methods to help students develop a real understanding of the STEM subjects and engage young learners in multi-day lessons in classrooms and out-of-school-time programs.

The program is also available to teachers and other education professionals who are interested in learning how to integrate our STEM curricula in their classrooms. 

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Mousetrap Car Challenge Build Day!

On March 9th from 3:00-6:00 the STEM Docents will be available to assist youth build and test a Mousetrap Car in preparation for the Mousetrap Car Challenge at the Hillsborough County 4-H Activities Day on March 25th.  

A Mousetrap Powered Car Distance Challenge is a fun way to wrap up your mousetrap car experience or if you missed an experience, you can still participate by coming to build your own car! Materials will be available. 

Date: March 9th

Time: 3:00 - 6:00

Location: UNH Manchester, 88 Commerical Street Manchester, Room 325 NH 03101

Cost: $5 suggested donation


Upcoming training! Join the STEM Docent Team!

Creative Computing Challange! This module will engage youth in computer coding through mobile application development. This module is aligned with Computer Science principles. This may be taken as Professional Development (cost of $166) or as a Volunteer. Volunteers are requested to donate their time to teach at least one full module within the following year. An application is required for new volunteer STEM Docents. 

 Dates: April 6 & 13




Upcoming Training: Stream Safari

Join the STEM Docent Team! Stream Safari is an stream ecology curriculum that engages youth in the scientific process while learning about local water bodies. This module is aligned with NGSS. It may be taken as Professional Development (cost of $125) or as a Volunteer. Volunteers are requested to donate their time to teach at least one full module within the following year. An application is required for new volunteer STEM Docents. 

Dates: May 11 & 12




  STEM Docents in the News! 

Passion at Work: Sarah Grosvenor, New video series introduces you to our educators

UNH Cooperative Extension science literacy specialist Sarah Grosvenor is passionate about promoting STEM education in New Hampshire. In this two-minute video, she shares her thoughts on why support for our state's educators and students is so important. Watch the video.







STEM Docent Program Gets Rolling, Kyle Belmont.

"We're out of glue again," a student yelss from across the room in Manchester's Hillside Middle School library. He holds an empty hot glue gun in one hand and a small square of cardboard in the other. Two volunteers look up. 

Five students are participating in this afterschool class led by Eric Swanson '99 and Bob Ball, who are both volunteer UNH STEM docents. Read the full story.





STEM Docent training at Piscataqoug River in Manchester STEM Sell, Sarah Schaier.

Undaunted by the challenge of working in the wet weather, the docents waded into the water to collect organisms as a part of the “Stream Safari” curriculum, which encourages youth to explore local streams by examining the inhabitants and investigating the water quality based on the presence of particular aquatic organisms. Read the full story.