Help us educate and inspire a future-ready STEM workforce. Many of our programs and events rely on volunteers, STEM mentors and financial assistance from generous donors. Check out STEM Forward's volunteer opportunities below to find out how you can support STEM. Also, click Community STEM Events at the top and bottom of the page to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the community.

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Now Calling Nominations for the 2017 Engineer of the Year & Young Engineer of the Year Awards


Do you know a phenomenal engineer who's helped raise the visibility of the profession while also serving as a role model to others? If so, nominate him or her for the 2017 Engineer of the Year & Young Engineer of the Year awards.

Since 1953, STEM Forward has annually recognized an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession in the Milwaukee area with the Engineer of the Year award.  In 2001, the Young Engineer of the Year award was added for engineers under the age of 40. Nominees must be from the Milwaukee 7 region and/or have worked in the area for at least five years. Additional eligibility criteria can be found in the nomination form.

Winners will be recognized at the Engineers Week Banquet on Feb. 15, 2018. The Engineers Week Banquet is a celebration that honors Milwaukee's engineering community.

Nominations are due by December 15, 2017. For more information, contact Chantel Kuczmarski at or (414) 810-7836.

Future City Judges Needed

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The Wisconsin Future City Regional Competition is January 13, 2018 and STEM Forward needs numerous volunteers to help prepare. This year, another record-breaking number of middle schools are registered for the competition, so the need for volunteers is greater than ever. We’re looking for SimCity judges and essay judges.

SimCity Judges

The first part of the competition is ready to be judged - their SimCity virtual city.  This deliverable is a PowerPoint presentation showing the growth of their city as they focus on accomplishing two specific goals.  The presentations are pdf files that will be scored on a computer using a rubric.  

A total of 15-20 judges are needed for each session. Training, pizza, soda and treats will be provided at the following sessions:

Tuesday, November 28 at WI Lutheran High School
330 Gleview Avenue, Milwaukee
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 at Waukesha STEM Academy
130 Walton Avenue, Waukesha
– 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13 at WI Lutheran High School
330 Glenview Avenue, Milwaukee
– 7 p.m.

For questions or to sign up, email Joe Luchessi at Times can be flexible, if needed, but we would appreciate a two-hour commitment.

Essay Judges

Each year, middle school teams participating in Future City must submit an essay on a given topic. This year's topic is the Age-Friendly City.


Students must determine an age-related challenge faced by older adults in their city and develop two innovative solutions that allow the senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be. The essays are 1,500 words.

Judging is done online from Dec. 21 to Jan. 10 at your convenience - so you can even judge from home!

To register as an essay judge go to Select Regional Competition Judge, then complete the basic information and select Essay Judge as your involvement role. For questions, please contact Kelly Wesolowski at

Bay View High School Seeks Mentors for Robotics Club

Are you skilled in robotics and looking for a volunteer opportunity? If so, Bay View High School could use your help. Teachers are looking for mentors for Bay View High School’s Robotics club from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, or as their schedule allows. Mentors would assist students when building their robot. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Justin Ankley at

Attention Working Professionals: Help MPS Students Master Interviews

Working professionals from all disciples are invited to conduct mock interviews with MPS students to prepare them for the workplace.

This is a 60 minute, one-time commitment from 10 to 11 a.m. on the date of your choice. Volunteers can choose which high school they’d like to attend. Participants will hold mock interviews and share feedback with students on their presentation and soft skills. All interview questions and materials will be provided.

Please ask for your supervisor’s permission before signing up to participate. If you are interested in helping, click here to sign up.


Ronald Reagan High School: Health Sciences and Technology Opportunity Fair

Is your organization seeking diverse, innovative high school students for volunteer, internship, job or other work-based learning opportunities? If so, plan to attend the Ronald Reagan High School Opportunity Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, and recruit high-achieving STEM students. Attendees will include more than 100 upperclassmen from Reagan's International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, who are aspiring to pursue careers in technology and health sciences.

These students have been prepared with content knowledge, professional skills, resume development and interview training, and are ready for real-world experience.  They need you to invest in their futures by interviewing them on-the-spot for various spring and/or summer opportunities. For more information, click here.  Please reserve your seat before Feb. 6, 2018. For questions, contact Molly Schuld at

Make a Donation

Your generous, tax-deductible donation will help us achieve our vision and provide access to quality STEM programs in southeastern Wisconsin. Donations can be made by sending a check to STEM Forward:

1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Thank you for your support and investment in STEM education!