Chem Demo Team
The Chem Demo Team consists of a group of Notre Dame students who demonstrate hands-on activities for Indiana school-children to encourage and develop their interest in science. They share significant research, conduct experiments for them to observe, and oversee the children's participation in their chemistry activities.
Celebrate Science Indiana
DNA Learning Center
A hands-on science center devoted to modern biology education, the DNA Learning Center will prepare local elementary through high school students to thrive in the gene age. This advanced science education center will be the ideal teaching tool to inspire young students to pursue careers in science and to build a knowledge base that will extend into their educational and post-educational careers. As a licensee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center in New York, the Notre Dame DNA Learning Center utilizes teaching methods, Internet technology and intellectual property of DNALC such as specialized DNA learning kits that include reagents, supplies, equipment checklists, lab instructions and manuals for learning modern biology.
Digital Visualization Theater
The Digital Visualization Theater in the Jordan Hall of Science is a state-of-the-art projection facility in a 50-foot-tall dome that is used for instruction across the University. Throughout the year, there are also presentations for the campus community and for the public, including a Christmas star program in December.
Rare Disease Day Symposium
The Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases hosts an annual public forum on providing emerging experimental therapies led by local rare disease patients and their physicians. Updates from Notre Dame faculty and visiting researchers/clinicians on the latest research in lysosomal storage disorders, rare cancers and more broadly in rare inherited syndromes is presented and there is a poster session featuring Notre Dame student and faculty research in rare diseases.
The St. Joseph County Public Library’s Science Alive! program is going into the 23rd year in spring 2014. The event attracts STEM exhibitors from around the county for a day of hands-on learning open to the entire community. The University of Notre Dame has been consistently represented by individual faculty as well as groups from the College of Science. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Quarknet Center, and CHEM Demo teams are regular contributors.
Science Café offers a monthly casual gathering in downtown South Bend to promote scientific interest and literacy in the community. The events introduce new topics in science and engineering and invite audience participation.
The Experiencing Technology and Hands on Science (ETHOS) Center in Elkhart, Ind. holds an annual STEM outreach event where exhibitors provide hands-on activities geared toward kids grades K-12 and open to the general public. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Quarknet Center, and CHEM Demo teams are regular contributors. For current event information visits