Join STEM Outreach for virtual STEM Days program to learn about student and faculty research at The Cooper Union.  

Virtual STEM Day

Thursday March 3 at 6 pm EST.

Learn about the research opportunities for high school students through the Summer STEM program. 

Virtual STEM Day Registration


In person STEM Days will return in Fall 2022. These will occur on Friday or Saturday mornings. Schools and Community Based Organizations can request a STEM Day for a group of fifth through twelfth grade students.  All participants will be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination to participate.

Complete the STEM Outreach Interest Form to be notified when in person STEM Days registration opens.

During a STEM Day program, students are exposed to the diversity and impact of the STEM fields on modern society. These field trips to Cooper Union start with a tour of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at 41 Cooper Square and move to a research lab.  In labs, students will work in small groups on an engineering challenge.  Past examples include: 1) building an electric motor from scratch, 2) designing, building, and crushing bridges made from lightweight, recycled materials, 3) running an internal combustion engine, 4) determining the efficiency of water pumps, 5) writing and executing computer code they implement with microcontrollers, and 6) learning the basics of 3D printing and laser-cutting. Cooper Union undergraduates teach these modules under the guidance of faculty members and technical staff.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.