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19 December 2014

Winter Holiday Hours

STEM-Logo-smThe STEM Center will be closed, along with the rest of SIUE campus, from December 23rd until January 5th. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015 and feel free to leave us a message for when we return at

Happy Holidays and a Great New Year to Everyone!

21 November 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours


With the Thanksgiving Holiday approaching, the STEM Resource Center will have a slightly altered schedule.  On November 26th we will be open by appointment only, and we will reopen on December 1st with normal hours.

To make an appointment, call the STEM Resource Center at (618) 650-3065 or e-mail at

05 November 2014

Dino-Lite Digital Microscope

This handheld digital microscope can be very useful! It connects to a USB port, all you do is download the application which is included on a disk. It can help users see through the surface of fully or partially transparent materials, such as jewelry, skin, glass and plastic, or see reflective materials clearly, such as metal or soldering.

Some fun activities that could be done using the Dino-Lite include:

  • Looking at someones scalp and measuring different strand widths
  • Help enlarge insects for a much better analysis
  • Analyzing fingerprints
  • Taking a look at rocks & minerals 
  • Using the microscope to enhance images of plants

Check out the Dino-Lite Facebook page for more ideas on what to use the microscope for with tons of pictures!

Contact the STEM Resource Center to learn more.


29 October 2014

Rock and Mineral Kit

Check out our  50 specimens approximately 1 inch or smaller!  Minerals are displayed in a compartmentalized box and are numbered. Numbers coordinate with the included classification guide, which shows the name of the mineral and its chemical formula.  Do YOU know your minerals?

22 October 2014

Chaos World of Motion Kits

Have you tried using a “hands on minds on” type of curricula?  It allows all ages to explore the concepts of mathematics and physics, as well as enjoy letting their creative minds run wild! Check out a video demonstration of the Chaos Tower!

16 October 2014

Upcoming NSTA Web Seminars

NSTA web seminarsWe would like to point out some web seminar training sessions that will be held by the NSTA over the next several months.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) was founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.  It is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.  NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Below is a list of online web seminars that they will be holding over the next several months. They are easy to do and convenient for those looking to further their knowledge. Did we mention they are FREE? Sign up today! […]

15 October 2014

Steel Sphere Density Kit

How are they different? How are they the same? One floats and one does not! Which is which? Great for teaching the skills of observation and deduction! Although these two shiny, metal spheres have about the same mass, one has a diameter significantly smaller than the other, making their densities vastly different. Seeing the large one float in water seems unbelievable!

08 October 2014

Meade Electronic Eyepiece

The Electronic Eyepiece can be used with virtually any telescope. View live video images of the Moon, planets, stars, and land objects on your television screen. Just connect the cable to the yellow colored video-in port of your TV set, monitor or VCR. Comes with video cable.

01 October 2014

Spectrum Tube Carousel – Probe

The Spectrum Tube Carousel Power Supply holds eight gas spectrum tubes simultaneously. You can quickly switch from one gas to another without handling the tubes. The power supply allows your students to view spectral lines using any of our spectrometers. Unlike other designs, there is no exposed high voltage.

Probe must be used with a Vernier interface (i.e. LabQuest and LabQuest Mini) or a computer with Vernier software.

29 September 2014

High Impact Campaigns

STEM-Logo-smSIUE is offering an easy way to make a gift to one of the High Impact Campaigns!

The university relies on the involvement of the community and this website makes it very easy to give to a variety of projects on campus. A number of departments that the STEM Center works with are currently seeking funds for their projects, and the STEM Center itself is looking for funds for the Science & Engineering Research Challenge coming up this spring.

Support from alumni, friends and parents like you have a positive impact on every aspect of SIUE. Consider supporting our programming today and sharing the link with others who might be interested in being a part of the SIUE Community.