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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Attention High & Middle School Teachers: Sign Up for the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest


Are you looking for a fun, hands-on engineering project? Gather your students and plan to participate in the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Teams work together to build a complicated machine that can do a simple task.

For the high school level, this year's challenge is to pour a bowl of cereal in 20 or more steps. The WI Regional Rube Goldberg High School Competition is Friday, March 9 at Waukesha County Technical College. The Regional winner moves on to the Finals in Chicago. For details and to register a high school team, click here.

For the middle school level, this year’s challenge is to Ring a Bell in eight or more steps. The cost to participate is $50 per school. The competitions for middle schools will take place on Friday, April 20 at WCTC and Friday, May 11 at MSOE’s Kern Center. To register a middle school team, please contact Kelly Wesolowski at 414.221.7722 or

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!

TIME: 1 to 3 p.m.
DATE: February 20

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

The Milwaukee Business Journal's STEM Girls Summit


The Milwaukee Business Journal is hosting an event for girls (middle school and high school) and their parents and teachers to help close the STEM gender gap and engage more women in male-dominated fields. The event will feature inspirational speakers of all ages, breakout sessions, hands-on activities and a scholarship award. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2018
TIME: 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

For more information, click here. 
Download the flyer.

Volunteers & Judges Needed for MPS STEM Fair


Milwaukee Public Schools’ STEM Fair will showcase K-12 students who have worked on STEM projects that put their creativity and innovation to the test to solve everyday problems. The 11th Annual Milwaukee Public Schools’ STEM Fair will take place at Miller Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the following:

  • Set-up: April 11 from 8:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Day of: April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Judging: April 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Judges are needed to access student projects at the STEM Fair. They do not need a science or engineering background to judge. A brief training session for all judges will take place prior to scoring student projects. The awards ceremony will be from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Click here for details and to register to be a judge or volunteer. For more information, please contact Lisa Martin, MPS science teacher leader, at or (414) 777-7831.

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!