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Discover the value of STEM, STEAM education during a month of activities

To raise awareness of the importance of STEM and STEAM – science, technology, engineering and math plus the arts – the WNY STEM Hub has scheduled a variety of public activities for May, which it has designated STEM/STEAM Month.

Registration is required for most events at:

The month’s activities include:

Boom Days from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Silo City Row at Ohio and Ganson streets. It includes silo tours, boom ball races, live music, kids’ activities, the SS Columbia and fireworks.

Mission Patch Art Display May 13-27 at the Niagara Aerospace Museum at Niagara Falls International Airport. It includes artwork of Buffalo and Niagara Falls students involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Project and Mission Patch Competition.

Visit for hours and directions.

WNY STEAM Fair/Book Fair. From 6 to 8 p.m. May 13, there will be a mini-workshop for educators about STEAM in the Transit Road Barnes & Noble Store. Families and the community are invited to the STEAM Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. May 14 at all store locations, featuring a STEAM scavenger hunt, activity stations and performances.

WNY 3-D PRINT Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, 847 Main St. Students in middle or high school and their families can participate in volcano and wind turbine design competitions using 3-D printing. Students must register by email at

Second Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon May 14 at The Foundry, 298 Northampton St. Tour this incubator and community creativity space and participate in woodworking, metalworking, pottery, and fiber arts workshops.

The Ecosystem Experience Meets the Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 16 in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Take part in a pre-field observation session about migratory birds, visit the Cayuga Overlook and experience SNAP (Students, Nature & Photography), a STEAM program that integrates nature, art and writing. Registration is required at

Coding: Debugging the Gender Gap from noon to 2 p.m. May 17, 280 Park Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

View the debut of an award-winning documentary on women in coding careers, followed by a panel presentation of local women leaders in coding.

Buffalo native Megan Smith, White House Chief of Technology, will deliver introductory remarks – using technology.

Imagine Lecture/Discussion Series from noon to 1 p.m. May 24 in the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library’s Ring of Knowledge.

A video tour through history on “What Scientists Know and How They Know It” focuses on a “Return to Certainty,” followed by Q&A with the audience led by James Guido, a retired physics instructor and other WNY STEM experts. From noon to 1 p.m. May 31, the video will focus on “The Age of Reason,” followed by another Q&A.

Launched in 2013 as part of the Empire State STEM Learning Network, the WNY STEM Hub has more than 500 members representing education, business, informal learning environments, and professional organizations.

The goal is to reduce the current STEM skills gap and meet the impending growth of STEM jobs in the region.

Find information about the Hub’s resources and a list of relevant events at