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STEM Initiatives

STEM is at the core of everything at The Works, including special events such as STEMfest!, STEM Over Lunch, Industry Sundays, Science Fair, and more! Scroll down for details on specific STEM events at The Works. 

Connecting education, industry & community is key to all STEM initiatives at The Works. STEMfest!, a signature STEM event at The Works, is a perfect example.

All programming and activities at The Works are based on STEM education concepts. Several initiatives are enhanced by including business and industry, educators, and partner organizations. For additional information on STEM initiatives at The Works, contact the STEM Director at 740-349-9277, ext. 227.

The following STEM initiatives are clear examples of how The Works continues to connect education, industry, and the community to bring the importance of STEM education to the forefront. 

Kids' Tech University (KTU): Sessions: January, February, March and April 2016

Students 9-12 years of age participate in four sessions of exciting on-campus STEM learning made possible by The Works, The Ohio State University at Newark and Denison University. KTU is designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and interesting "why" inquiries while introducing kids to a college campus atmosphere. Students interact and solve problems with university faculty while their parents attend "Explore College" informational sessions. The goal of KTU is to introduce students and parents to post-secondary education institutions so they may consider higher education opportunities and create a skilled workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.


STEMfest!: February

The Works' signature STEM event, STEMfest! connects industry, education and community. This event features three Problem Solving Challenges developed by businesses that represent issue(s) they face within their industry. Middle and high school students select one challenge to work on individually or as a team and present their findings to a panel of judges during STEMfest! Teams are judged on a variety of pre-determined criteria with winners receiving an award and potential internships.

In addition to the Problem Solving Challenge component, STEMfest! also features a "show and tell" component for businesses. The community is invited to talk with and participate in activities led by businesses to learn more about the services they provide, how they use STEM, and STEM career opportunities for young adults within their business. Admission to STEMfest! is free and open to the public. All materials for each Problem Solving Challenge are provided to participants free of charge. Learn more about STEMfest!

STEMFest! 2016 was held on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21


STEM at Searfoss - FREE Night of STEM for Johnstown Families

Families of Johnstown 5th through 8th grade students can still register for a free evening of hands-on STEM fun at Searfoss Elementary, presented by The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. Funding provided by the Mary Babcock Foundation.

STEM Over Lunch: October

STEM Over Lunch is a day of networking for educators and industry professionals. The morning session features inquiry-based instruction for middle and high school math and science teachers followed by an interactive afternoon panel discussion for teachers, superintendents, and principals about the future of STEM in our classroom and manufacturing as we train students for the global workforce. View/download complete details about STEM Over Lunch.

Lego® Robotics: Year Around

Lego® Robotics is taking the area by storm and The Works is proud to partner with local robotics teams to further promote this great program rooted in STEM education! The museum hosts several Robotics events, informational meetings, and team training sessions to promote just how much fun it is to get hands-on with science, technology, and teamwork. Learn more about Lego® Robotics.

Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA): October

The Works, in partnership with the Newark-Heath Airport, brings the exciting Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) to central Ohio. This program introduces youth 12 -18 years of age to all facets of aviation. Participants spend their day-long adventure progressing through learning stations held at the airport and at The Works museum. Learn more about YAA.


Industry Days: January & March

STEM Industry Days occur annually. Each day highlights a specific business that demonstrates the services they provide and how they are using STEM education. Industry Days are a great way for young adults to understand what businesses do and  how important businesses are to the community and the economy. Learn more about Industry Days.

Science Fair: March

The Works hosts the annual Licking County Local Science Fair for students in grades K-8. Students in grades 5-8 who receive a superior rating are invited to move on to the District Science Fair. Learn more...

Summer Camps: June & July

Summer Camps at The Works feature STEM-based learning in fun, interactive ways for children 3 to 12 years of age. Learn more about Summer Camps.