K-12 STEM Experiences


Astronomy Week (Portable Planetarium)

Astronomy week is an innovative program provided by CMSE. This fun and knowledge filled week begins with one week of classroom and learning activities led by the teacher. The CMSE will provide all of the materials for the students which will be able to pickup from a University of Mississippi/regional campus. On Friday of that week, the CMSE will bring the portable planetarium to your school for a session of stargazing without ever leaving campus.

STEM Excursions

The CMSE invites teachers to plan a STEM Excursion field trip to Ole Miss!  These field trips to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS can provide lasting impressions and valuable learning experiences.  The CMSE will help teachers fill the day with wonderful STEM opportunities while getting the most from the visit to campus.

STEM Experts

Can’t plan a field trip to Ole Miss through STEM Excursions? STEM Experts offered at the CMSE will enable teachers to get help in coordinating in-class demonstrations or guest speakers.

MS FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST® Tech Challenge student teams design, build, and program their robots to compete for awards (performance and outreach-based) on a 12′ X 12′ field, in an alliance format, against other teams. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and students, develop strategy and build robots based from a reusable metal platform powered by Android technology, on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping.

Catapult Competition

The Catapult Competition is a competition that allows for students and teachers of grades 7th-12th to participate in exciting science and engineering events! Each team of students will design and construct a surgical tube catapult that meets the specified criteria and will be given the opportunity to launch tennis balls.


The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a nationally recognized program designed to excite and challenge middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) through fun and challenging levels of mathematics competition.