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Making STEM fun!

The STEM Research and Learning Center supports its commitment to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders with a full program of experiential events for students at all levels. Join a fun, dynamic community of STEM students exploring the many aspects of the STEM field. 

Check out our event lineup below!

Geo-Days: Middle and High School students

Learn about East Texas geology and get introduced to the world of STEM at one of our fun, educational Geo-Days. This day-long workshop introduces teachers and students to the tools and skills geoscientists use to investigate the geology of East Texas with a focus on regional energy resources including coal, oil and gas.

Spend the morning in a geology lab investigating the day’s topic, then move outside in the afternoon for fieldwork to learn and practice the skills of a professional geologist. Geo-Day topics include:

  • East Texas energy resources
  • Rocks of East Texas
  • Sediment deposition
  • Origin and distribution of coal
  • Coal mining and uses
  • Origin of oil and gas
  • Petroleum exploration
  • Petroleum extraction

Each workshop gives students a chance to experience laboratory and field work in a university setting while emphasizing a STEM college major and potential career. 

Registration Informaion:

SFA's Geo-Day event takes place every spring. To learn more or register, please contact

Hydro-Days: Middle and High School students

Interested in hydrology? Hydro-Days is an educational workshop that introduces teachers and students to the tools and skills used by geo-scientists to investigate the water resources of East Texas.

With a focus on regional ecology, hydrology, geochemistry and environmental science, the workshop gives students a chance to experience laboratory and fieldwork in a university setting while emphasizing a STEM college major and potential career.

Topics include:

  • East Texas soils and geology
  • Groundwater infiltration and recharge
  • Bedrock dissolution and caves
  • Stream geochemistry and water quality
  • Stream discharge and sediment erosion
  • Aquatic invertebrate sampling
  • Stream vertebrate sampling
  • Riparian habitats and stream health

Registration Information:

Hydro-Day takes place in the fall. Space is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $30 per person, and includes lunch. Students should dress appropriately for the creek investigation, which will involve wading in shallow water. Rubber boots will be provided. Student may want to bring a towel.

To learn more or register, please contact

iMAS Academy: Incoming 6th - 8th grade, June 17-21, 2019

The Investigations in Mathematics and Science Academy is an interactive learning experience for students entering sixth through eighth grade. iMAS challenges and inspires students mathematically and scientifically through real life learning investigations guided by SFA STEM faculty members and district master teachers.

Week-long academy:

June 17 - 21, 2019
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Pool party with pizza from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Friday

Register by May 15: $225 per child
Register after May 15: $250 per child
Includes materials, snacks, prizes and a t-shirt

Space is limited and registration closes June 4. Contact Adrienne Aul, with any questions.

All available scholarships have been awarded.

Registration Information

Online registration for child

Parents will be invoiced via email after registration. After registering your child, complete the required waiver. The pool waiver is required for participation in the Friday pool pizza party.

iSTEM: Middle and High School students

Designed with middle and high school students in mind, SFA’s iSTEM program provides a variety of fun STEM-related events and activities throughout the year. To register your school, contact Check out some of the highlights:

Emergency Room (ER)

What’s it like to be an ER doctor or technician? Find out in our state-of-the-art, fully-equipped emergency room simulation laboratory. Learn about blood loss estimation, aseptic techniques, cardiovascular and respiratory assessments and virtual intravenous infusion. You’ll get to experience the drama of a real-life emergency room and see how your STEM education can prepare you for a lifesaving role in emergency medicine.

Witches' Brew

Explore the world of cellular respiration and the effects of increased C0-2 and acidity on marine organisms.

Zombie Toenails

Race to save a victim who’s been mauled by a zombie and is now infected with Zombiase, a lethal toxin. Your team will use chemistry equipment to collect and organize data, make and interpret scatterplots and determine if a serum can be administered . . . before it’s too late!

3D Printing

Use your math and problem-solving skills to create your own 3D items using computer aided design (CAD).


Explore mathematical and physical concepts as you design and build your own paper rollercoasters.

Suture Lab

Suture Lab is led by SFA pre-health organizations. Through this hands-on learning experience, students practice basic suturing skills using pork rind. Suture Lab targets high school students and can accommodate up to 20 students.

Julia Robinson Math Festival: Middle School students, May 17, 2019

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival inspires students to think critically and explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through collaborative, creative problem-solving. Students will engage with mathematical puzzles and problems and are free to choose problems that interest them. Dr. Brittany Falahola, assistant professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will speak at the event.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019

Cost: $10 per student
No charge for teachers to attend; one teacher per every 10 students is preferred.
Students and teachers are asked to bring their own lunch, water and lemonade will be provided.

Space is limited to 200 students. Contact Adrienne Aul,, with your request for the number of students you would like to bring. In your email, include a contact person for the event and contact information for the invoice.

Registration Information

Schools will be invoiced based on the number of students attending. If students are paying individually, we ask that your school collects the money and sends one check to cover the cost of all students attending from your school. After students register, they must complete the required waiver. Once your school has all student waivers, scan them as one document and email them to

Ladyjacks Who Code: Incoming 7th - 8th grade, July 29-Aug. 1, 2019

The SFA Ladyjacks Who Code summer camp is a fun, engaging experience, blending both online and "unplugged" activities. Students will learn to create computer programs designed to enhance collaborative learning, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks. Created for students entering seventh or eighth grade, this camp allows participants to develop interactive games and/or stories they can share with other students.

Camp dates:
July 29 - Aug. 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

What are the application requirements?
Students will be required to submit an application and a teacher recommendation form.

Maximum enrollment for the camp is 25 students. Students will be notified of acceptance the decision via parent email by July 1. Contact Adrienne Aul, with any questions.

Is there a registration fee for students?
There is no registration fee for the camp. This year, the camp is sponsored by BP.

Little STEM Jacks: Grades K-5, Aug. 5-6 and 8-9, 2019

Little STEM Jacks is a summer camp for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, providing them with the opportunity to explore and engage in hands-on learning activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including:

  • Egg drop
  • Engineering design
  • Computer Science
  • Exploring the galaxy
  • Wiggle Bots
  • And more!

Grades K-2 camp dates: Full
Aug. 5-6, 2019
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Grades 3-5 camp dates: Full
Aug. 8-9, 2019
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Register by July 1: $50 per child
Register after July 1: $75 per child
Includes materials, snacks, prizes, Planetarium show and a t-shirt

Space is limited and registration closes July 29. Contact Adrienne Aul, with any questions.

Registration Information

Online registration for grades K-2

Grades 3-5 camp is full.

Parents will be invoiced via email after registration. After registering your child, complete the required waiver.

Scouting STEM Days: Boy and Girl Scouts, June 28, 2019

Scouting STEM Days are designed for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts ages 5-12 and feature activities that will spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math in a spirit of inquiry and fun.

Scouting STEM Day 2019

9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 28


  • $20 per child and includes materials, a STEM T-shirt, a scouting patch, a mid-morning snack and a planetarium show
  • $10 per parent wanting to attend and includes a STEM T-shirt and the planetarium show

Registration Information

The registration deadline for Scouting STEM Day 2019 is Friday, June 7.

After registering, complete the Scouting STEM Day Waiver for your child and give it, along with your child's payment, to the troop leader. The troop leader will submit the children's registration payments and all waivers to the STEM Center.

All payments and student waivers must be submitted to the STEM Center by Monday, June 17.

STEM Day: High School students

“When am I going to use this stuff?”

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how you can use STEM in the real world, come to STEM Day and find out! During this annual event for high school students, you’ll use science, technology, engineering and math to solve problems, help others and have fun!

Here are just a few examples of the things you can do at STEM Day:

  • Design your own video game 
  • Extract DNA from strawberries
  • Study microbes
  • Create a salt cave
  • Learn the science of cooking
  • Learn how the body recovers from injuries

Students will select hands-on activities and labs based on areas of interest and rotate through these sessions throughout the morning. The afternoon includes a physics magic show. Capacity is limited, so register your school today!

Registration Information:

The next STEM Day: date for 2020 tbd

Students: The cost for STEM Day is $30 and includes lunch, a STEM T-shirt and an SFA lanyard with a name badge. Registration is available online. Students are required to have a signed parent waiver to participate.

Teachers: The STEM Center is always looking for high school STEM teachers to assist with the event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and a STEM T-shirt. Registration is available online.

To learn more, contact


STEM Research and Learning Center
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Cole STEM Building, Suite 406

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6070 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6070

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