STEM programs

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2007: The Reedy Glacier Project, a collaboration between MDM and the Climate Change Institute at UMO was a temporary exhibit piece in the form of an interactive kiosk display focusing on the impacts of climate change and the South Pole expedition of the Climate Change Institute. MDM contributed our insight into building hands-on activities and communicating complex science content to children.

2010: MDM is invited to join NISE, received the first NISE net Nanoscience education kit and hosted the nationwide “Making Stuff Event” which brought in 600+ visitors over 2 weekends.

2011: MDM received the second NISE Nanoscience kit, hosted the first Nano day event and offered Nano and Materials science-based summer camps for older children, and participated in another Engineering Expo. AS part of the nation-wide effort to bring Nano education and awareness to the general public, MDM’s combined Nano education programs cover 200+ hours of nano education, reaching 3000+ visitors.

2014: As only 10 museums in the Nation, MDM, as the Science Education partner is selected to join the Intersections project with the Maine Writing Project. We are currently developing an app program that has the potential to reach and impact thousands of learners

2015: The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is the first and only science festival in Maine. The MSF is a celebration of the national and world-leading science by the Mainers who do it. It began over two and half days in March 2015, with an array of forums, hands-on activities, workshops, exhibits, and talks. Events for all ages, and all but the headliner available free of charge.

2016: MDM is awarded the Franklin Institute's GSK: Science in the Summer grant and brings STEM outreach to over 300 children and another 200 adults (educators, volunteers, parents) in rural and underserved communities from Bar Harbor to Perry.

MDM started a partnership with the 21st CCLC after-school program and brings STEM outreach to 3 area schools reaching over 300 students.

NISE net awards us the “Building with Biology” grant. One of the themes is “Should we bioengineer the mosquito? We reach 200 people with this content.

MDM is invited along with 20 other STEM institutions nationwide and as the only children’s museum to participate in the EdGe study at the New York Hall of Science. Edge stands for Exhibit Design for Girl Engagement and is lead by the Exploratorium and NY Hall of Science. The principal findings of this national study inform decisions about our exhibits and interactives.

2017: GSK outreach jumps from a target of 240 children (which we exceeded by 20%) to 640 children.

2018: GSK outreach requirements increase to 640 children. We exceed that goal reaching over 700 children and 300 adults. MDM presents at the annual national meeting in Philadelphia.

2020: ▪ Launch of Maine Science Podcast ▪ Launch of Discovery Kits ▪ Launch of MSF 5MG Trading Cards ▪ IF/THEN Grant

2022: The Warming Sea

2022: Science Teacher Academy

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Like many nonprofit organizations, MDM eagerly builds partnerships that allow us to broaden our reach, audience, and programming.  We are proud to have collaborations with hundreds of organizations throughout the state and are highlighting just a few here:

4H/UMaine Cooperative Extension

A/Z Corporation

AARP Maine


Acadia Brass Ensemble

Acadia Hospital

Acadia National Park




Backyard Farms

Baker Company

Bangor Area Stormwater Group

Bangor Arts Exchange

Bangor Daily News

Bangor Greendrinks

Bangor Land Trust

Bangor Public Library

Bangor Savings Bank

Bangor School Department

Bangor Symphony Orchestra

Bangor Y

Bates College

Bath Iron Works

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Biddeford School

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bioscience Association of Maine

Black Bear Brewing


Blue Hill Heritage Trust

bluShift Aerospace

Brewer Robotics

Briar Patch

Burns & McDonnell

Burns Music Studio

C&L Aviation

Caleb Charland (artist)

Calvineers (7th & 8th grade students from Adams School in Castine)

Camden National Bank

Central Street Farmhouse



Challenger Learning Center of Maine

Charles Inn

Children's Museum in Portland


City of Bangor

Climate Change Institute

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

College of the Atlantic

Consigli Foundation

Cornerstones of Science



Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery

Criterion Theatre

Cross Center

Curran Homestead

Dana Strout (attorney)

Danielle Kennedy (actor)

Darling Marine Center


Dermarus, Inc.

Digital Equity Center

Double Blue Analytics

Dover STEM hub

Downeast Institute

Downeast Salmon Federation

Eagre Games

East Grand School

Eastern Maine Community College

Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Eastern Maine Medical Center/Northern Light

Ecological Instincts

Educate Maine

Efficiency Maine

Elizabeth Whalen Designs


Epic Sports


FAME Maine


Fiber Materials Inc.,


Fireside Inn and Suites

First National Bank

Flagsuit LLC

Forest Society of Maine

Fork and Spoon

Foundation Brewery

Fran Hodgkins (author)

Frank Manzo (artist)

Friends of Casco Bay

Gary Hoyle (artist)

GE Power


Girl Scouts of Maine


Good Shepherd Food Bank

Gordon Smith (Maine State Government)

Governor's Energy Office

Great Pond Mountain Trust


Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Habitat for Humanity, Bangor

Hammond Street Senior Center

Hampden Academy

Hardshore Distilling Company

High Altitude Ballooning - University of Maine

High Touch Courses

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

Husson University

Husson's College of Science & Humanities and School of Nursing


Insource Renewables

Invention Convention

Jill Pelto (artist)

Karen Talbot (artist)

Kennebunk Free Library

Kim Ridley (author)

Kingfish Zealand


Liz Cutler (artist)

Lobster Unlimited

Lucas Richman (Composer)

Mad Science of Maine

Maine Aquaculture Association

Maine Audubon

Maine Brewer's Guild

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Maine Climate Council

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Community College System

Maine Education Association

Maine FabLab

Maine Forest and Logging Museum

Maine Geography Alliance

Maine Hackers/Hacktivate

Maine Heritage Timber

Maine IT

Maine Lakes Society

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Math and Science Alliance

Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talent Search

Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Maine Ocean School

Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship

Maine Public

Maine Robotics

Maine School of Science and Math

Maine Science Teachers Association

Maine Sea Grant

Maine SeaCoast Mission

Maine State Police

Maine State Science Fair

Maine Technology Institute

Mainiacal Yeast

Manufacturing Association of Maine

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Margaret Shaw Chernosky (geospatial educator)

Marin Skin Care


MDI Biological Laboratory

ME Board of Pesticides Control | Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry

ME House of Representatives


Mercy Hospital

Mitchell Center - University of Maine

Mossy Ledge Spirits

Mt. Washington Observatory

Muriel Hendrix (author)


Nate Silver - FiveThirtyEight

National Weather Service (NOAA)

Nature Conservancy

NESCOM -Husson University

Neuright, Inc

Next Media

NOAA Fisheries


Nordic Aquafarms

Old Town Canoe


Pemaquid Oyster Co./Pemaquid Mussel Farm

Penobscot Theater Company

Penobscot Community Health Care

Penobscot Home Improvement

Penobscot Nation



Poland Springs

Portland Public Library

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Pratt & Whitney


Pulp & Paper Foundation

Puritan Medical Products

Queen City Cinema Club

Quirk Auto

Rafael Grossman (Surgeon, Health Care Futurist)


Residence Inn

ReVision Energy

Revolution Research, Inc.

Rho Chi Society - Husson University

RISE Center

Robert Krulwich

Robotics Institute of Maine

Rock & Art Shop

RockStep Solutions

Rocky Coast Consulting

Rudman & Winchell

Saco River Dyehouse

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Science Around ME

Science Vs

Sea Coast Vegetables

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Farm Explorer

SeaScapes Marine Center

Senator Agnus King

Sevee & Maher Engineers



Southern Maine Community College

Sterling Rope

Story Collider


Texas Instruments

The EDGE Program

The Jackson Laboratory

The Nature Conservancy

The Telephone Museum

Thomas College

Tim Caverly (author)

Timber Cross

Town of Stonington

Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center - University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Twenty 2

Two Feet Brewery

UK Science & Innovation Network - British Consulate

United States Department of Agriculture

Unity College

University of Maine - Anthropology

University of Maine - English

University of Maine - Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research

University of Maine - Chemistry

University of Maine - College of Education

University of Maine - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

University of Maine - College of Engineering

University of Maine - Forestry

University of Maine - Foster Innovation Center

University of Maine – Food Science

University of Maine - History

University of Maine - Marine Sciences

University of Maine - Math

University of Maine - New Media

University of Maine - Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

University of Maine – Physics

University of Maine – School of Biology & Ecology

University of Maine - School of Economics

University of Maine - School of Food and Agriculture

University of Maine - School of Marine Science

University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maine at Presque Isle

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

University of Maine Museum of Art

University of Maine System

University of New England

University of New England - Math

University of New England - Chemistry Club

University of Southern Maine

Valentine Footwear

Valt Enterprises

Versant Power

Versant Power Astronomy Center and Maynard Jordan Planetarium

Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory

Waterfall Arts


Wells Nature Preserve


Whole Oceans

Wild Cow Creamery

Winterport Boot Shop

WiSe-Net Lab


Woodward Curran

You Be The Chemist

You're the Expert