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Listed below are STEM related events and activities that are offered all over the region. While most are put on through local K12 schools, universities, museums and organizations, some are specifically sponsored by JMU. We hope to see you there!

January 13 - February 10

Saturday Morning Physics
For: Grades 9-12
When: Saturdays, 9am-12pm
Where: JMU Physics/Chem Building
Registration is Required

Come and explore the amazing properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed especially for high school students and teachers but one parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. For the eighth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 5 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.

For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or 540/568-4226


January 13 - February 13

College for Kids
For: Grades 1-8
When: Saturdays, 9am-12pm
Where: JMU
Registration is Required

College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! Registration fee of $135.00 covers all 6 Saturdays.

For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or 540/568-4226

January 27 and 28

Harrisonburg Practice KidWind Challenge Day
For: K12 students, teachers and families
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: JMU Festival Conference and Student Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Come out to this KidWind Challenge Practice event. We will have everything you need to build a wind turbine, build and test blades in our wind tunnel, and learn about the KidWind Challenge in Virginia.

For more information visit: or contact Remy Pangle at



March 17

Expanding Your Horizons
For: Girls in grades 6-9
When: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Where: JMU 
Registration is Required

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-9. The girls participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty, attend science presentations and demonstrations, and interact with JMU students who are studying math and science. Parents and teachers are invited to attend EYH with their students.  We plan to offer adult workshops again this year.  Parents and teachers are also welcome to accompany their students to all of their activities.

All participants will receive breakfast and lunch.  There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying adults and teachers must pre-register.  

For more information visit:


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