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Families and communities play a vital role in students’ academic success. NMSI is expanding its services to connect with and support the learning that happens outside the classroom.


NMSI's next STEM Adventure is bringing together fellow members of the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) to lead military-connected students, families and communities through fun STEM activities. 

The free virtual event, reserved for military-connected students in grades PreK-12 and their families, will illustrate STEM in all aspects of students' lives and will inspire more students to consider STEM educations and careers. 


Not military-connected? You can still join us for our Back to School STEM Adventure on September 10! Check back soon for more details.

AUGUST 15, 11:30 a.m. PST - 4:00 p.m. PST

Welcome & Intro: 11:30 a.m. PST

Count the Cards - 11:40 a.m. PST
(Grades PreK-2) Join the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute to use new cards and familiar games to help their young kids build math understanding, including the power of using quantity cards.

Always Be Curious - 12:40 p.m. PST
(Grades 9-12) Participants will join Society for Science to reconnect with their natural curiosity by asking questions about the world, devising ways to addresses a question with a simple experiment, and exploring Science News online to identify questions they have about the world far beyond their front door.

3, 2, 1... Blast Off! - 1:30 p.m.
(Grades 9-12) Join TGR Foundation to learn rocketry and provide a hands-on tool to understand the science behind it.

Math Bingo - 1:45 p.m.
(Grades 6-8) Mathcounts will be giving you fun math problems to solve. There will be a mix of problems from multiple levels so families can play together.

More Fun To Compute - 2:30 p.m.
(Grades 9-12) Join National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT) to celebrate the community of women in tech and computing in the military. 

Encrypt This! - 3:15 p.m.
(Grades 3-8) Discover fun ways to encrypt messages with CYBER.ORG


Society for Science and the Public
TGR Foundation
National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT)
Erikson Institute

About DSEC:

DSEC is a collaborative partnership of STEM-focused organizations dedicated to addressing and prioritizing our nation's STEM talent. DSEC aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our nation. Through strategic investment in STEM education and outreach activities, the effort will provide students with more exposure to educational and career opportunities, as well as DoD research. DSEC is led on behalf of DoD STEM by RTI International. For more information, visit