STEM Outreach

The Youngstown State University STEM College is actively involved in a number of community outreach programs to promote STEM to students and teachers in grades K-12.

We also encourage field trips to campus! We have reserved every Tuesday in our Fall and Spring semesters for visits to STEM. Visits typically include interactive science demonstrations with Dean Steelant, a tour and demos in the brand new Excellence Training Center, a visit with one of our academic departments, and lunch on campus (vouchers provided).

Do you have a special event going on at your school and looking for participation from the STEM College? We will send representatives, as available, to serve on speaker panels, lead activities, and more!

For more information on STEM Field Trips or to request YSU STEM representation at your event, contact STEM Outreach Coordinator Emilie Brown at 330.941.2884 or

  • MathFest

    The Youngstown State department of Mathematics and Statistics sponsors the YSU MathFest every Fall. The purpose of this one day event is to bring together over three hundred high school students from Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to celebrate the beauty and power of mathematics through fun-filled workshops and competitions. Contact Dr. Tom Wakefield for more information:

  • Penguin Bowl

    The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a competition for high school students on topics related to the study of the oceans. It is a round robin, double-elimination academic tournament consisting of written and oral questions about the oceans and Great Lakes. It is managed by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which represents 92 oceanographic institutions, universities and aquaria. The NOSB was first conducted in 1998 in honor of the International Year of the Ocean.

    High school students organize teams of five students (four players and one alternate) and a coach to compete in the Penguin Bowl regional competition at either Youngstown State University (odd-numbered years) or the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (even-numbered years) on a Saturday in February (or early March). The first-place winners from the Penguin Bowl and 24 other regional competitions will meet in April in a coastal city for the national championship. Round-trip transportation and room & board are paid by the NOSB! Field trips during the Finals are also provided to contestants. For more information, visit the website.

  • MathCounts

    MathCounts is an annual competition held every February for students in middle school to apply their mathematical knowledge in a fun environment. The event is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The competition consists of several different events for the students to compete and be recognized for their math skills. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Deschenes:

  • Physics Olympics

    An annual event, the Physics Olympics is a gathering of high school students in a competition designed to strengthen the mind, to demonstrate physics in applied settings and to have fun in 12 different "Physics Contests" from the Mousetrap Racer to Bridge Building to the Ping Pong Ball Launch to name just a few.

    More information on the Physics Olympics website

  • STEM College Showcase

    The STEM Showcase is an annual event held every April to highlight our students and the projects they have worked hard on all year. During the event, you will have the opportunity to interact with the students and find out more about their work. You will also have the chance to tour some of our facilities. Staff and faculty will be around to answer any questions you have about YSU STEM. Don't miss out!

    Stem Showcase

  • Lake to River

    Lake-to-River Science Day is one of 16 regional science fairs in Ohio that are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Science. The region represented by the Lake-to-River district comprises Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. Science Day is an annual event sponsored by Youngstown State University, regional businesses, and civic organizations. Each March, Science Day attracts hundreds of science research project entries from public, private, and parochial students in grades 5 through 12.

    For more information, visit this page.

  • Northeast Ohio Robotics Education Program

    An academic program that provides middle and high school students with a “hands on” learning experience. Teams of students from area schools and organizations, assisted by a teacher/coach, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot from December to March. The program culminates in the annual competition in two age divisions in March. For more information, visit our event website for more information.

  • Y.A.P.A/Physics and Astronomy Professional Day

    The YSU Physics and Astronomy Department, in conjunction with the Youngstown Area Physics Alliance, invites Science teachers and YAPA members to a collaborative and interactive day of meaningful workshops. Presented by the YSU faculty, workshops introduce campus resources and provide classroom ideas, such as demonstrations and free materials to use in their own classrooms. Typically held in December. For more information, contact Mary Janek at

  • High School Science Teacher Professional Day

    An annual event hosted by the YSU Chemistry Department in which high school teachers participate in a forum focused on current and important chemical topics. Typically held in January. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Serra at

  • Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition

    Held each February, the objective of this event is to design and build a structure with the highest load-to-weight capacity ratio over a pre-determined span using supplied materials. Each team may consist of 3 students and 1 supervisor and may enter only 1 bridge that must be built at the competition within a 3-hour time limit. Each school may enter up to 2 teams. For more information, contact Professor Joe Sanson at

  • Chemistry Olympiad

    An annual competition, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, to find the best high school chemistry students in the world! Students take a local exam in March in an effort to qualify for a national competition, which could lead to an international competition! For additional information, contact Dr. Michael Serra at

  • Edward W. Powers Women in STEM Career Workshop

    Held each Spring, this workshop exposes young women in grades 6 – 12 to career opportunities in science and engineering. In the morning, students attend panels where women who are working in science, math, engineering, or in a health-related profession will answer questions about their careers and lives. In the afternoon, students have the opportunity to observe and participate in real-life science work. For additional information, visit the website at