STEM in Motion

STEM in MotionJune 6-10, 2023
New York City and Boston

STEM in Motion is a program geared towards 9-12 grade students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This opportunity incorporates travel with educational opportunities to interact in a real-world setting and career-oriented pathways.

Students will also get the opportunity to gain 1-college credit in science for going on the trip and completing coursework upon return. College credit is offered through George Mason University.

Who should apply?

  • Youth in grades 9, 10, or 11
  • Youth who are interested in STEM or STEM careers.
  • Youth who are willing to learn, be hands on, and problem solve

How to Apply

  • Youth will apply through the Worldstrides link to our trip.
  • It is a simple, easy process with only a $49 down payment for the trip.

General Trip Information

  • Everything will be provided through a travel company, Worldstrides.
  • Everything is included in the price of the trip except tips and souvenirs.
  • Transportation to and from the Des Moines airport will be the member’s responsibility.
  • Two adult chaperones will be selected to attend the STEM in Motion trip with the Iowa delegation. These two adult chaperones are usually state staff members of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program.

Financial Information

  • The estimated value of this opportunity is over $2,800 per delegate. Remember this price includes everything except tipping and souvenirs. Airfare, hotels, bus transportation, all activities, three meals per day and the cost of a college credit.
  • There is a $100 early registration discount if you sign up for the trip by May 19th
  • There is a 5% Military family discount
  • The first 10 youth who sign up for the trip will receive a $100 scholarship towards the trip cost.
  • There is also a program called FLAG, which is a financial assistance program through Worldstrides you can call and apply for.
  • Payment set up is made easy by Worldstrides, call their financial department and they will help you set up easy payments that can continue up to 6 months after returning home from the trip.  
  • It is recommended that each delegate bring approximately $125 in spending money. This money could be used for snacks, souvenirs, and tips.
  • Each delegate should bring one “locally relevant” gift item for inclusion in the STEM in Motion gift basket for our tour guide. Small items that can be brought on a plane safely without concern for breakage are ideal.

Sample Trip Itineary - included but not limited to

  • Brooklyn Bridge Walk across this iconic New York City bridge while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Statue of Liberty Consider the engineering and mechanical feats required to build this structure in the late 19th century.
  • New York Academy of Science Wind Turbine Workshop Students will learn about clean energy options by designing and experimenting with wind turbines to determine how to maximize power output, and learning how to use a digital multimeter to measure power output.
  • 9/11 Memorial Reflect as you visit the twin pools paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Designed and created as a living part of the city, this memorial is a green space meant for remembrance and One World Observatory- With your Course Leader - Ride an elevator up 102 stories in only 47 seconds! Learn about environmental and green construction approaches, skyscraper safety systems and more.
  • Broadway Show Enjoy the excitement and pageantry of a Broadway show and pose for a group photo in Times Square. No matter which show you end up seeing, it's sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Intrepid Air and Space Visit the renowned museum aboard an aircraft carrier docked in New York City. Explore the ship and its many artifacts and interactive exhibits including the space shuttle Enterprise and a decommissioned submarine. Learn about history and STEM fields all in one location!
  • Museum of Science where visitors experience the relationship between science and technology with an interactive hands on scavenger hunt.
  • New England Aquarium Home to 1000’s of aquatic animals. Group will select and attend presentations by animal care specialist. Students will be challenged to locate and observe a variety of different species and record their encounter with photos.
  • Boda Borg Experience “questing” in a real-world gaming environment. Tackle mental and physical challenges to progress through your Quest at this escape room like destination.
  • StageOne Robotics and Coding Helicopter Workshop In this workshop designed and operated by MIT PhD graduates, students have the opportunity to collaborate on both hardware and software design by building circuitry and writing software together. Utilizing an Arduino microprocessor as the base, they create, program and fly a helicopter that they build in small groups.