STEAM Programs and Projects

Collaborations with Children

Kids’ College  students grades 5-6, recommended by teacher

Kids’ College is held annually in spring and offers students hands-on learning in multiple STEAM fields. Youth work alongside UW-La Crosse faculty and experts in various fields who invite experimentation, investigation and involvement. Co-sponsored by Mississippi Valley Gifted & Talented Network.

For more information contact: Karen DeSchepper, Youth Program Coordinator,  

Young Scholars  students entering grades 5-9

Young Scholars is an annual summer week-long program that promotes learning through hands-on activities in multiple STEAM areas. Youth work alongside UW-L faculty and experts who invite experimentation, investigation and involvement in various fields including science, math, art and communication.

For information on this program:

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

Founded in 1958 by the U.S. Army and joined after 1995 by the Navy and Air Force, the primary aim of the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is to encourage high school students to engage in original research in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. JSHS achieves this goal in a symposium format which features presentations of research conducted by high school students, public recognition and awards, and interaction with practicing researchers. The objectives are to:

  • Promote research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering at the high school level.
  • Recognize the significance of research in human affairs, and the importance of humane and ethical principles in the application of research results.
  • Search out talented youth and their teachers, recognize their accomplishments at symposia and encourage their continued interest and participation in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Expand the horizons of research-oriented students by exposing them to opportunities in the academic, industrial and governmental communities.
  • Increase the number of future adults capable of conducting research and development.

Teachers and guidance counselors should call 608.785.6508 or  for further information and to receive student nomination forms. Interested students should contact their science teacher. Student nomination forms are submitted to Continuing Education. This program is largely funded by a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office.