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.

STEM Docents are volutneers and professional K-12 educators who are dedicated to inspiring and nurturing a life-long interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through engaging and educational hands-on activities for young learners. 

STEM Docents 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.

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Creative Computing Challenge

Join the STEM Docent Team! Receive in-depth, ongoing training on inquiry-based, computer coding and mobile application development curriculum using MIT App Inventor. Educator training may be taken as Professional Development (cost of $250) 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.

 Register Here  or contact Megan Glenn (

 Date: October 17 & 24

 Time: 9 am - 4 pm

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

STEM Docents in the News! 

Is the Cocheco River healthy? Rochester 3rd graders aim to find out! 

STEM Docent volunteer Erica Horne worked with 3rd graders from Maple Street Magnet School in Rochester to help them determine the health of the Cocheco River near their school. Check out their Letter to the Editor in Foster's Daily Democrat to learn what they found!


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 ManchesterSTEM 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.