Thermo Fisher has been the proud sponsor of the STEM Design Challenge and has offered some new opportunities here to increase engagement over the summer.

  1. #DIYSTEMChallenge – Check out this fun activity kids can do in the safety of their home. We are challenging students to build a model of a scientific instrument or technology using anything they can find around the house. Regardless of any formal coordination which may be implemented on behalf of your IU, we would appreciate you spreading the word via Facebook or if you would prefer on LinkedInList of prizes also attached. Deadline is June 14.
  2. Check out previous years’ PA STEM Design Challenges. Amy Davis, the leader of the K’Nex challenge from Allegheny IU3, has graciously & happily shared HERE
  3. Thermo Fisher has customized several of our Innovation Nation hands-on activities and posted externally to enable at-home engagement (under “Supporting STEM Education at home”). In addition to activity instructions, our worksheets also include a look at the science behind each activity, discussion questions, and connections to careers.

To request a live demonstration of one of the activities below or career discussion for students by one of our scientists, please contact