K12 Students

Programs, events, and resources for K-12 students and their families.

Halloween Haunted House

Make your way to the second floor of McCullum Science Hall for an evening filled with exciting science demonstrations and fun activities, all with a Halloween haunted house theme! On Friday, October 23, the UNI Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, in collaboration with students from the Departments of Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Earth Science, will once again be hosting a Halloween Haunted House from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the McCullum Science Hall.

UNI STEM Joins the Connectory

UNI STEM Summer Camps and other programs that bring PreK-12 students to campus are now be highlighted on the Connectory, the go to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate.  From afterschool programs to camps to one-day events, the Connectory offers the most comprehensive collection of STEM programs for PreK-12 students in the US.  Check out the upcoming UNI STEM Camps at the Connectory today and watch out for announcements of acadeic year public programs from STEM Ambassadors

Calling all Cedar Valley 8th-12th graders, Are you Divergent?

Energy Factions – Are you divergent? camp is June 29th- July 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily for students entering 8th through 12th grades. Discover how conventional and alternative energies impact our daily lives. This course will build your knowledge and skills with respect to addressing some of our societies’ ‘Wicked Problems’. Participate in role-playing games to determine the role energy will play in the US Economy in 2040. Field trips will investigate local limestone quarries, the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, and a Hydroelectric Dam (near Maquoketa).

Early Life Experiences Inspire Career Choices

Personal experience introduced Jess Reuter to Speech Pathology at a young age.  While Jess was in second grade, a friend suffered several medical events, which resulted in a coma.  “Once out of the coma, she could not walk, talk, or even eat; she had to learn how to do all those basic tasks again. The strange medical events happened again when we were in 7th grade, but this time I had a better understanding of what was going on.”

Jacob Snyder– Well Rounded and Ready to Pursue any Career Path

UNI’s Mathematics Department has a rich history in mathematics education as well as a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science. Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other industries and professions. Jacob Snyder, a Junior, is an Actuarial Science and Finance major. Jacob always had an interest and aptitude for math when he was young. He knew that his future career would have something to do with math. What he didn’t know was that actuarial science would become the perfect combination he was looking for.

Allison Wold—Making an Impact at UNI

Allison Wold is a Junior at the University of Northern Iowa. Allison studies Biochemistry and Biology. ”In junior high I was in an after school STEM program, The Iowa Excellence Program, and I had a lot of fun doing science experiments and playing math games. In high school I really enjoyed biology and chemistry, so biochemistry seemed like the perfect fit.”


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