Destination STEM

STEM Outreach



October 20, 2023

Destination STEM is an interactive experience and open house where sixth through ninth grade students are invited to Auburn University to explore opportunities in the sciences and mathematics! Auburn University faculty and staff within the Science, Engineering and Math fields will highlight their fields of study.

Destination STEM gives students a chance to learn about our the Auburn University campus, programs and the incredible opportunities offered through the  College of Science and Mathematics and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. 

The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University will host the next Destination STEM  will be held on October 20, 2023, in the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum at Auburn University. Destination STEM is an interactive experience where sixth through ninth grade students — mostly from rural and underserved schools — explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students enjoy the freedom to see, touch, hear and smell the many wonders of science! 

Schools are allotted approximately two hours for students to see all the exhibits (invited schools may register for time slots from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., central time zone).

In Fall 2022, over 800 students from rural Alabama schools participated in the third Destination STEM event. A few examples of the 60+ exhibits at the 2022 Destination STEM event: 

  • Snakes, Lizards and Turtles, OH MY – Live Animal Exhibits
  • See the Micro World – Microscope Demos
  • Explore Out Native Alabama –Native Plant Exhibits
  • The Secrets of Specimens – Museum Specimens and the Life of a Curator
  • Phenomenal Physics – Join the Momentum!
  • Radical Reactions – Bioluminescence and Spectroscopy with AU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will be lit!
  • Bodacious Biology – From marine animal development to the structure of a virus, see the world through the eyes of a biologist!
  • Geosciences Rocks – Come see what the world is made of!
  • Puzzling puzzles with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • C.O.R.E. Zone – Drive assorted robots and see 3-D printer stations

Admissions, Student Services, Scholarships and a “Career Corner” that featured successful female AU STEM grads to share their career experiences were also present.  

To volunteer for Destination STEM please click here.

To find out how your school can be involved in Destination STEM please contact Dr. Jess Gilpin,