STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester

STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester
STEM discovery lab

The STEM Discovery Lab, located at UNH Manchester, engages with local communities to provide youth and adults access to high-quality  STEM programs. Our work is centered on the belief that all youth  and adults are curious about the world around  them and our programming is based on providing  learning opportunities that are relevant, exciting  and meaningful. Come explore outer space or the  deep, dark ocean; design your own hydroponic garden; become an electrical engineer, and more! Scholarships are available for all programs.

Getting Here

88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
United States


Currently closed
Mon - Fri:
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Due to the public health concern caused by COVID-19, all UNH Cooperative Extension offices will be closed to staff members and to the public until further notice. The health and safety of our staff and the New Hampshire residents who participate in our programs is most important during this time. 

Program Descriptions

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Youth Programs


The 4-H Discovery Club is open to youth in the Manchester urban corridor. The club provides many opportunities to explore STEM topics  through hands-on, inquiry-based experiences in relevant topics. Many of our youth programs are taught by Extension volunteers who have undergone extensive training in both content and educational topics. We offer both school year and summer STEM programming.

Educator Workshops

STEM volunteers at workshop

Educator workshops are open to adults who are interested in learning about both content and best approaches to teaching STEM. Our workshops are  taught by veteran educators and content experts who truly enjoy sharing and learning with participants. Our content trainings involve topics related to engineering, natural resources, ecology and technology.


Have you ever wondered how plants are able to pull water out of the ground? Youth will learn how some basic physical principles and plant structures a... Learn More
Hydroponics is about growing plants without soil.  In this workshop we will learn how hydroponics works by looking at a system used to grow lettuce hy... Learn More
In this program students will learn a few facts about ticks and will make a movable tick out of construction paper and brackets.

Instru... Learn More
One of the many subjects that ecologists investigate is how living things interact with their environment.  One way we can study ecology is by explori... Learn More
This Stream Safari video series will walk you through all you need to know to safely and comfortably get out to your nearby stream, river, lake, or po... Learn More
Out for another walk…what to do?  Collect materials from outside and inside to conduct a Float or Sink investigation. 

My son Theo is f... Learn More

The Team