Virtual STEM Workshops

Build connections with your youth exploring STEM together! Ivy Tech Community Engagement and The Future of Work are partnering to offer free Virtual STEM Workshops for youth. The workshops are led by Ivy Tech faculty and feature five unique projects for pre-k through middle school that provides practical and engaging opportunities to reinforce scientific concepts through hands-on activities.

Dr. Funmi Olorunda

Associate Professor of Computing & Informatics

Materials Used
  1. Conductive Play Dough 
  2. Insulating Play Dough
  3. Battery Pack 
  4. AA Batteries 
  5. LED Pin Lights (long side of light is positive)


Conductive Playdough Circuits

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Career Options:

Electrical Engineer – Electrical engineers are engineers who think about and make different things that use electricity in a helpful way. They fix or design new and better ways of using devices that use electricity.

Environmental Engineer – Environmental engineers focus on ways to sustain and improve the natural environment

Energy Engineer – Energy engineers need to understand all types of energy and how machines and buildings use it and figure out what changes could be made to improve energy efficiency

Dr. Aaron Goodpaster

Department Chair, Life and Physical Sciences

Materials Used
  1. LEGO Bricks
  2. LEGO Wheels
  3. Balloon

Balloon powered LEGO car

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Career Options:

Automotive Engineer – Automotive engineers can specialize in developing racing cars, working on alternative fuel methods, or create the next big technological advancement. There are many possibilities with the automotive industry. 

Civil Engineer – Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems.

Software Developer – Software developers work to design and perfect various applications. 

Professor Lilly King

Lecturer in Mathematics

Materials Used
  1. LED light
  2. Safety Pin 
  3. Battery 


4. Blank Acrylic Name Tag 

5. Dry Erase Marker 

6. Dot Stickers 




LED Name tag

3rd – 5th Grade

Career Options:

Photonics Engineer – Photonics engineers work in the design, production, and use of laser and fiber optics technology.

Electro-Mechanical Technician – An electro-mechanical technician uses mechanical technology and knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits to operate, test, and maintain robotic, unmanned, automated or electromechanical equipment

Industrial Engineer – Industrial engineers are responsible for designing and changing how other processes are done to increase safety and productivity. It is one of the fastest-growing types of engineering!

Professor Bright afriyie

 Assistant Professor in Mathematics

Materials Used
  1. Craft sticks
  2. Craft cubes
  3. Craft cubes with holes
  4. Syringe adapter
  5. Cable tie


6. Syringe

7. 18 inches of tubing

8. Masking tape

9. Craft glue

10. 1 Cup of Water

Hydraulic Machine

6th – 8th Grade

Career Options:

Biomedical Engineer – Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. 

Marine Engineer – A marine engineer is someone responsible for the operation (running) and maintenance of a ship’s engines, steering, and other related ship systems. 

Hydrologist – Hydrologists examine the physical characteristics, distribution, and circulation of water above and below the earth’s surface.

Dr. Funmi Olorunda 

Associate Professor of Computing & Informatics

Materials Used
  1. Cardboard
  2. 2 AAA batteries
  3. Battery holder

4. DC Mini Motor 1.5-3V

5. Wooden Corks

6. Googly eyes

7. Quick-dry glue

Wobble Bot

6th – 8th Grade

Career Options:

Robotics Engineer – Robotics engineers come up with new ideas, design, test, and build robots that serve a wide variety of purposes.

Aerospace Engineer – In this STEM career, the sky’s the limit! Literally. From Earth to Mars aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, and satellites

Gaming Engineer – Gaming engineers design and program video games and work with teams of developers on the entire process of creating a video game.

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