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Mark your calendar for February 7, 2015 – STEM Exploration

Come and go anytime between 9am-4pm, we suggest you come early to get the best of STEM Exploration

STEM Exploration is a FREE event for all ages with a wide variety of engaging activities designed for K-12 students and their family.
**No registration required (see IMPORTANT DETAILS below).

Free one-day bus passes will be available for this event.  Call 258-2702 or email to request bus pass(es) no later than Tuesday, January 28.  Passes will be mailed to requestors.  Please indicate the number of passes needed.

  • Download a STEM Exploration flyer here
  • Download a list of activities and map here
    Current Activities are tentative and may change.
    Activity locations (SUB, ENGR, MEC, HML, KIN, ERB )
  • Suggested Activities for Elementary School Ages Click here
  • Suggested Activities for Junior High and High School Ages Click here
  • 2014 Activity Descriptions Click here


  • FOOD is not provided.  Bring a sack lunch or plan on visiting the Student Union Building, or Broadway vendors for refreshments.
  • No registration required to attend STEM Exploration, but some scheduled activities require that you sign up at the activity location.
  • With more than 40 activities it’s impossible to do everything.
  • Please see the list of activities and plan your day in advance.
  • Four ways to participate:  Scheduled Activities (S); Drop-in (D), Open Demonstrations (O); Interactive Science Shows (I)

Scheduled Activities (S)

Scheduled activities have limited capacity and may require sign up to attend for specific times.  Come early to get signed up – sign up sheets at the activity location.   If you sign up, be there 5 minutes in advance to participate.  If you are not there you forfeit your spot.  Scheduled activities include:

  • Let’s Get Physical with IDoTeach, Boise State IDoTeach – Boyington Room, Ages 5–12
  • Build and Eat an Edible Aquifer #1, Department of Environmental Quality – ENGR Room 215, Capacity 30, Ages 5-14, (45 minutes: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm)
  • Build and Eat an Edible Aquifer #2, United Water Idaho –  ENGR Room 314, Capacity 30,  Ages 5-14, (45 minutes: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm)
  • Jelly Bean Binary, Micron Foundation – ENGR Room 335, Capacity 25, Ages 5-10, (30 Minutes:  9am, 9:45 am, 10:30am, 11:15am, 1pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30pm)
  • Tie Dye Chromatography, Micron Foundation – MEC Room 106, Capacity 50, Ages 5-14,  (45 min: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm)
  • The Physics of Superheros, Mountain View Physics Club, MEC Room 309, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30pm
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – MEC Room 307, Ages
  • Wastewater: We Treat it Right! Boise Watershed –  CE Room 109, Capacity 25, Ages 8-Adult, (45 minutes:  9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00)

Drop-in (D)

These activities run throughout the day, and you can drop in any time.  Supplies are limited, first come first serve.  These include:

  • New – Discover Technology Bus, Discover Technology – SUB, Parked Outside, All Ages
  • Jenga Jedi, URS Corporation –  SUB Bishop Barnwell Room,  Ages 6-Adult
  • Build a Bristle Bot, Kuna High School – Limited Supplies, closes at 2pm: SUB Hatch A, Ages 5-14
  • New – Build a Balloon Car, Kuna High School – Limited Supplies, SUB Hatch B, Ages 5-14
  • Build a NASA Heat Shield, Kuna High School – Limited Supplies, SUB Hatch C,  Ages 8-18
  • Earthquake Table/ Hovercraft, Treasure Valley Math and Science Center – SUB Hatch D, Ages 5-14
  • Ride a Segway, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Boise State – SUB Ah Fong Room, Ages 10-Adult
  • Microgravity, Boise State – SUB Alexander Room, Ages 10–Adult
  • New – Exploration of the Rock Cycle, Boise State Geosciences– SUB Brink Room, All Ages
  • New – The Science of Anthropology, Boise State Anthropology – SUB Cataldo Room, 12:00pm-3pm, All Ages
  • Beyond the Looking Glass:  Seeing at the Nanoscale, Boise State Materials Science & Engineering – ENGR Room 104, Ages 10-Adult
  • Bugs Under a Microscope!  Boise State Materials Science & Engineering – ENGR Room 108, Ages 8 – Adult
  • New – Programming with Blockly, Boise State ACM-W – ENGR Room 238, Ages 8-Adult
  • Build a Bridge using West Point Bridge Design Software, Boise State Civil Engineering Club – MEC Room 103, Capacity 25, Ages 8-Adult
  • Catapult Launch, Boise State Engineering Residential College – MEC Room 114, Ages 5-14
  • New – Electrochemistry and Batteries Demonstration, Boise State Materials Science & Engineering – Room 312, Ages 14-Adult
  • New  – Magnetic Alloys Substitute Machines, Boise State Materials Science & Engineering – CE Room 103, Ages 14-Adult
  • Avalanches, Fires, and Floods, OH MY!!  McCall Outdoor Science School –  CE Room 110, Capacity 20, Ages 6-14

Open Demonstrations (O)

These demonstrations are great for when you are waiting for a scheduled activity.  These are mostly located in the Kinesiology Building, Student Union Building, and the Civil Engineering Building.  You will also find several in the ENGR and MEC lobby’s, and open research laboratories appropriate for high school students and adults.

  • BIG Biology, Boise State Biology (Jordan ABC)
  • Chemistry is Chool, Boise State Chemistry (Jordan ABC)
  • Amazing Math, Boise State Mathematics (Jordan ABC)
  • Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars, State Dept. of Education (Jordan ABC)
  • Science is Fun! Idaho National Laboratory (Jordan ABC)
  • Boise State Admissions – Get Started (Jordan ABC)
  • New – Space Broncos, Boise State (Jordan ABC)
  • New Product Development, Boise State Tech Help (Jordan ABC)
  • 15,000 Volt Demonstration, Idaho Power (Jordan ABC)
  • What’s a Watt? Idaho Power (Jordan ABC)
  • New – Have You Seed My Necklace Grow? Seed Germination with BUGS, Boise Urban Garden School (KIN)
  • Hewlett Packard (KIN)
  • Radio Demonstration, HP Amateur Radio Club (KIN)
  • Seatbelt Demonstration, Federal Highway Administration (KIN)
  • Driving Simulator, Boise Police (KIN)
  • Robots in Action, Treasure Valley Robotics Teams (KIN)
  • The Bullbots, Treasure Valley Robotics Teams (KIN)
  •  Making Waves with LIGO, LIGO Hanford Observatory (KIN)
  • Control an Inspection Class Marine ROV, (KIN)
  • Robots and Land Rovers, The Boise Robotics Group (BoRG) (KIN)
  • High Altitude Balloons, NearSys (KIN)
  • New – Astronomy Club (KIN)
  • Balloon Model of a C Nanotube, Boise State Engineering – ENGR Lobby
  • Play with Keva Blocks and Uberstix, Discovery Center of Idaho – ENGR 2nd and 3rd floor atriums, All Ages
  • Ride a Segway, Boise State IEEE – ENGR Room 206 (As space permits, wait in line), Ages 8-Adult
  • Shape Memory Alloy Demonstration, Boise State Materials Science Club,  All Ages (CE)
  • Make a Bio Polymer, Boise State Society of Women Engineers, All Ages (CE)
  • Wind Tunnel and Aerodesign, Boise State BroncoWorks Club,  All Ages (CE)
  • SAE Mini-Baja – Designing for Rough Terrain, Boise State Mechanical Engr. Club, All Ages (CE)
  • New – Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge, Boise State Civil Engineering Club,  All Ages (CE)
  • New – Greenspeed – Running on Vegetable Oil, Boise State Greenspeed, All Ages (CE)

Interactive Science Shows (I)

Interactive and fun science shows in larger classrooms.

  • Astronaut and Educator, Barbara Morgan Jordan D, All Ages, 10:00am (60 min.)
  • New – A Good Day with Gas, Discovery Technology, Jordan D, All Ages, 1pm and 3pm
  • Molecular Madness with Dr. Picklestein, Boise State Chemistry, ENGR Room 110, All Ages,  (45 minutes: 11am, 1pm, 3pm ) (I)
  • Airplane to the Moon! Discovery Center of Idaho, ENGR Room 110, All Ages, (45 minutes: 10am, 12noon, 2pm) (I)

2014 Photo Gallery

DE Day Stats 2014

  • 350 attended Barbara Morgan’s presentation
  • 300 enjoyed the Discover Technology presentation
  • Dr. Picklestein had a full house (175) for each of his 3 presentations
  • 600 Bristle Bots were made by 3:30pm
  • 1000 BSU bags were given away
  • 1500 programs were distributed (need more for 2015)
  • 1500 visited the Discover Technology buses
  • 110 drove the snowplow simulator 
  • 125 enjoyed Science of Anthropology from 12-3pm.
  • 250 visited Jenga Jedi
  • 150 visited Batteries demonstration
  • 250 enjoyed the Physics of Superheros
  • 500 seed germination necklaces made at BUGS table
  • 280 Edible Aquifers were made
  • 50 attended Waste Water We Treat it Right!
  • 500 visited the LIGO table
  • 180 drove the ISP Driving Simulators
  • Liquid Nitrogen Volcano had 8 eruptions with an average of 30 spectators per eruption

Thank you…..
To our 2014 sponsors:

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To the 75 VOLUNTEERS who facilitate the activities, welcome
and direct visitors, and help make STEM Exploration a success!