STEAM Explorers is committed to bringing math and science to the community in new ways and creating experiences and experiments that inspire wonder, spark curiosity, and challenge old ideas.
Students at Miller Middle School learn about blubber and arctic mammals' abilities to stay warm at a water-themed STEM Night Out. Photo by Sarah deVeer '17.
Who We Are
Growing from the Bard Citizen Science Program, STEAM Explorers is the CCE community outreach program that coordinates Bard Science Outreach and works in collaboration with the Bard Math Circle. Bard Science Outreach Fellows and Bard Math Circle faculty and volunteers bring unique outreach programs to more than 4,000 children and teens throughout the Hudson Valley each year.
STEAM Explorers and Math Circle activities help students to bridge the gap between studying traditional science and math and exploring the world around them.
Children participating in Bard's STEAM Explorers program make marbled milk paper at the Tivoli Library. Photo by Sarah Wallock '19.
STEAM Explorers by the Numbers
- Day of Science brings 8th graders from local school districts to the Bard campus to engage with Bard science fellows, faculty, and undergraduates in a series of themed science stations.
- Girls Math Club for middle school girls run by Bard female math majors.
- Math Circle Library Programs include puzzles, games, and fun math activities for upper elementary and middle school students.
- Rubik’s Cube Club teaches kids how to master the Rubik’s Cube.
- STEM Night Out invites young students throughout the Hudson Valley to an evening of fun, hands-on scientific experiments led by science fellows and Bard first-year students.
- Science for Kids brings in-school hands-on science experiments to K-5 students by using household products in new ways.
- Science Saturday brings children and families together with Bard students at local libraries and community centers to participate in science enrichment activities.
- Science Fairs connect BSO fellows and volunteers to mentor local students preparing to enter school science fairs.
For more information, contact Sarah deVeer
, Science Outreach Coordinator.
Photo by Bari Bossis '19
In the News
Bard’s STEAM Explorers: Changing How Kids Think About Science and Math
If you’re passing through the Reem-Kayden Center on a given Saturday afternoon, you may run into a group of middle school girls, chatting about math games and examining the origami designs that they just made in the Girls Math Club. Or, if you’re a patron of the Tivoli Library, you may come across a STEAM Workshop using soap and food coloring to make marbled milk paper and learn about how calcium affects saturation rates.
A Day in the Life of the Hudson
Bard CCE and the Environmental and Urban Studies Program host seniors from Kingston High School for a field trip on the Tivoli Bays.
Girls STEM Camp
Partnering with Girls, Inc. of Ulster and Dutchess County, Bard students teach participants about water filters and help them design their own.
Science for Kids
Bard students teach kids how to make marble milk paper using soap and food coloring, and learn about how calcium affects saturation rates.
STEAM Explorers at the Tivoli Library, offering a workshop focused on psychology and art.
MLK Day of Engagement
Bard College engagement fellows do science experiments with middle school students for the MLK Day of Engagement.
Children in the local school districts create marshmallow structures to explore the elements of engineering.