STEM Outreach and Facilities to Visit


Recommended Activities to Explore @ Home

Are you physical distancing at home and looking for a range of STEM activities to do with your family? Check out these recommendations from our outreach professionals!

Activity   Topics   Target Age
Create a Masterpiece: Color a Science Snapshot   Earth science, geography, polar research   3 to 12
Complete a Virtual Puzzle   History, exploration   5 to adult
Explore Kelleys Island in VR   Earth science, geography   10 to adult
Look at Earth's Atmosphere with Fluid Earth Viewer   Earth science, geography, atmospheric science   10 to adult
Franklin Park Conservatory's Virtual Experiences   Plants, gardening, cooking   All ages
Plant Science Videos   Plant science, STEM careers, biofuels, bioproducts   Middle & high school
Citizen Science Projects in all Disciplines   Citizen science, biology, plants   16 to adult
STEM Investigations for Families   STEM, sensemaking   Children, PK+ with parents
Astronomy and Underrepresented Groups   Astronomy, webinar   Middle school to adult
STEM Lectures   Birds, fungus, science   Middle school to adult
Coloring the Collections - Museum Animals and Plants   Animals, plants, museum collections   5 to adult
NOAA Activity Book - Oceans, Salmon, & Orca   Oceans, salmon, orca, coloring   3 to 12
Tour of the Smithsonian   Natural history, Earth scineces, tour   All ages
Learn about Infectious Diseases Through Gameplay   Infectious disesease, epidemiology, STEM careers   Middle & high school
Vaccine Activity Book   Vaccines, germs   5 to adult
Medication Safety, Prevention Education, & Drug Safety   Medication safety, opioids   K-12
Four Color Fest Activity Book by Melinda Lanius   Mathematics   3 to adult
BAMM Puzzle Posters   Mathematics, chess, puzzles, probability   12 to adult
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Webinars   Mathematics, puzzles, games, challenges   K-12, adults



Contributing Centers and Departments

While the centers and departments listed below are not offering in-person programs at this time, their teams are still available for virtual programs and consultations on learning experiences.


Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is focused on polar and climate studies. The Center’s mission is to engage in world-leading research, education, and outreach that enhance The Ohio State University’s programs in polar and alpine regions, cyrospheric processes, reconstruction of past climates, climate variability and change, and the impacts of climate on the environment and society. The center runs regular public programs, and group tours can be arranged.

Public Events Group Tours Educational Activities & Lessons

Contact the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center staff at with any additional questions.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) supports interdisciplinary research that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to address challenges in four strategic areas, 1) photosynthesis and carbon fixation, 2) biomass and bioproducts, 3) crop improvement and functional foods, and 4) plant-microbe interactions. CAPS is committed to sharing science with the public through K-12 programming and community outreach events.

Outreach Programs Online Education Resources  

Contact the CAPS Education & Outreach Specialist at with any additional questions.

Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center

Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) is an important model system for plant science research. The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) provides seeds and DNA resources for Arabidopsis and related species to researchers and educators worldwide. The ABRC Outreach program aims to bridge the gap between Arabidopsis research and science education. ABRC offers a variety of outreach programs available to school and community groups including field trips, classroom visits, school and community events and teacher workshops.

Outreach Programs    

Contact ABRC staff at for additional information or to request a program.


Arne Slettbak Planetarium

The Arne Slettebak Planetarium is located in Smith Laboratory on The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, serves the university and central-Ohio with educational programs in Astronomy and beyond. Operated since 1968 by the Department of Astronomy, it is a 63-seat 30-foot dome theater with a state-of-the-art Spitz SciDome XD digital projection system giving exquisite views of the night sky and takes you on digital journeys to the planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

Outreach Programs    

Contact planetarium staff at with any additional questions.


Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park (ORWRP) is a 52-acre urban ecological site consisting of two experimental wetlands, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest, a shortgrass prairie, and a mesocosm compound. The Heffner Research and Education Building  houses a 65-seat classroom, analytical and teaching laboratories, an experimental wet laboratory, offices, and meeting spaces. In 2008, the ORWRP was distinguished as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The greater mission of the ORWRP is to acquire and communicate knowledge of water quality and aquatic ecosystems through research, teaching, and outreach. The ORWRP plays an important role in developing solutions to pressing environmental conservation and management issues in Ohio, nationally, and internationally.

Overview Public Events Group Tours
Outreach Activity Form Teaching Activity Form Research Activity Form

The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. For larger groups (10 or more), a guided tour, or more information, contact the park staff at


Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium

The Ohio State University campus-wide sustainability goals include the commitment to be zero waste by 2025, meaning 90% of all waste is diverted from the landfill to recycling and compost. To help achieve this goal, the Department of Athletics is working to make game days zero waste. Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium works inside the stadium and in the tailgate lots to divert game day waste from the landfill, including outreach and fan engagement to help Buckeyes recycle right. Group tours are available to learn more about the program.

Outreach Programs    

Contact the Department of Athletics Sustainability staff at with questions or to request a tour.


Ohio 4-H STEM Education Initiatives

Ohio 4-H Science Resources

Ohio 4-H STEM Blog


Videos from August 2020 Online Professional Development Sessions

Click on videos to play them. Buttons below each video allow for full-screen viewing.  


Greening the Classroom: Using Plants to Teach Science  


Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse: Tools to Help, Prevent &

Advocate for Safe Medication Practices Across the Lifespan




Exploring Earth's Climate: Past, Present, and Future   The Solar System with the Arne Slettebak Planetarium  




Explore the Mighty Mussels of Ohio's Waters  


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