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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

Investigations in Math and Science (iMAS) Academy promotes hands-on, minds-on learning experiences to students interested in STEM fields. Students work collaboratively with other students to have fun with math and science.

The iMAS Academy program will be held June 17-21, 2019.

Registration Information:

Registration information will be posted closer to summer 2019.

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

Math students and faculty will engage with students in activities, puzzles, and problems that are intriguing, accessible, and allow for creative problem-solving, all in a comfortable, non-competitive atmosphere. These popular festivals are held all over the country – join us for SFA’s first!

Registration Information:

The Julia Robinson Math Festival will take place on May 18, 2018. To learn more or register, please contact

Little STEM Jacks: Ages 7 - 11

SFA’s Little STEM Jacks program is a summer camp for kids ages 7 to 11. Little STEM Jacks provides kids with the opportunity to explore and engage in hands-on learning activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including:

  • Playing with gears
  • 3D printing
  • Studying fossils
  • Interacting with human simulation mannequins
  • Exploring the galaxy

Registration Information:

This year's Little STEM Jacks will be August 8 - 10, 2018, from 9 a.m. - noon. Cost for Little STEM Jacks is $50 and includes materials, snacks, prizes and a t-shirt.

Registration for summer 2018 has closed due to full capacity. Please check back soon for information on the 2019 iMas Academy.

Scouting STEM Days: Boy and Girl Scouts

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.

The full day of activities includes chemistry experiments, exploring electricity safely, investigating biology and astrophysics and observing a planetarium show. The Planetarium provides an exciting and educational field trip opportunity with thrilling voyages of exploration.

Registration Information

Registration for summer 2018 has closed due to full capacity. Please check back soon for information on the 2019 Scouting STEM Day.

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: February 22, 2019

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


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Room 103

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

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