Friday, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.

The STEM Expo will feature hands-on activities, career exploration, and college opportunities. The STEM Expo will be open to the full Science Olympiad community, including participants and their families, coaches, mentors, alumni, volunteers, and other guests.


Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger

Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger, Retired NASA Astronaut

Available for interaction with students and visitors:
Friday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, 3rd Floor


Presentations and Other Events

National Free Flight Society Logo

Free Flight – Float Documentary Film

Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (playing on repeat) | STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, 1130

Float follows a struggling newcomer seeking glory in the world of competitive model aviation as he threatens to knock a teammate out of first place. Pilots are passionately devoted to this elite, century-old sport, fighting to keep it alive. Ethereal airships hang weightlessly in cavernous halls above the pilots’ heads, holding their hopes and dreams on gossamer wings.

Tours of the RTSF Genomics Core

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (20 minute tours) | Plant Biology Building, S-18 (south basement)

The Genomics Core at MSU provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and services to support high throughput RNA and DNA sequencing. This is a rare chance to see some of the technology at the cutting edge of biology. Small group tours only (approximately 10 individuals per tour). Tours last approximately 20 minutes. Please contact Dr. Rob Halgren to schedule your tour (

Learn How Wood Construction Materials are Part of the Climate Solution!

Friday, 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. | STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, 1130

The Science Olympiad is held in MSU’s STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, a beautiful building made from engineered wood construction known as mass timber. The “mass” stands for massive, and these huge columns, beams, and panels have a role to play in helping to solve climate change – especially when we start using them at a large scale in place of other common building materials. Join Sandra Lupien, director, MassTimber@MSU, for a short presentation about why MSU and many others are excited about mass timber, followed by a tour of the STEM Facility.

The Sun: Our Living Star

Friday, 11:00 a.m. | Abrams Planetarium

Saturday, 3:30 p.m | Abrams Planetarium

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky - day by day, month by month - was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

Zachary Constan

Zach Constan, Outreach Coordinator

Facility For Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
Michigan State University

Zachary Constan, Ph.D., facilitates tours, summer camps, public talks, science festivals, and exhibits. He engages the public and generates enthusiasm and learning among young people for scientific careers. Zach will give the following presentations during STEM Expo about the exciting developments in nuclear science at MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).

Explore MSU’s World-Class Particle Accelerator from the Comfort of Your Seat

Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. | Abrams Planetarium

The 45-minute “Virtual Tour” of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) includes full-dome images of the experimental vaults, 3D models of our equipment, and animations that demonstrate how our research gets done. Using MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, we can “go” places in the lab that most visitors never see!

Who Will Solve the Problems? And Other Thoughts on Research Science Careers

Friday, 2:30 p.m. | STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, room 1130

MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a world-leading rare isotope research facility. Inside, scientists regularly smash nuclei together at nearly half the speed of light. How? It takes physicists, chemists, mathematicians, plumbers, welders, machinists, computer scientists . . . Find out what kinds of jobs are needed to make cutting-edge science work!

MSU School of Packaging Presentations and Tour

Friday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | School of Packaging Building

Come to the MSU School of Packaging for an "open house."

STEM Expo Exhibitors

The participants that will be present include (so far):