STEM Celebrations in February 2021

Black History Month


Celebrate Black History Month by checking out these resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

Valentine's Day

February 14

Valentine's Day is a perfect day to give someone you love chocolate. But before you give someone chocolate, learn how Nanoscale science and technology ("nano" for short) is all around us and how even chocolate has nano applications and how we are in fact nanosensors! National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network brings you "What's Nano About Chocolate?"

Great Backyard Bird County

February 12-15

Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are in the world. Scientists use information from the Great Backyard Bird Count, along with observations from other citizen-science projects to get the "big picture" about what is happening to bird populations. In 2020, observers identified 6,942 species of birds in 194 countries. To learn how you can participate in the event visit and find resources for educators.

National Battery Day

February 18

We all know batteries are important. We rely on them in our cars and buses, in our cell phones and game controllers, smoke detectors, and alarm clocks. But did you know Alessandro Volta invented the electric battery

Final Descent

February 18

NASA's Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. Learn how your program can experience the landing through hands-on activities and NASA's live webcast.

Engineers Week

February 21-27

Engineers Week (EWeek) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Explore these ten ways to celebrate Engineers Week. Help staff practice making career connections with youth.

Girl Day

February 25

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) helps focus a growing movement to inspire girls' futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world. Give girls the chance to think like an engineer and you'll be amazed at what you learn! Share Purity's story about why she chose an engineering degree.

Digital Learning Day

February 25

Find new digital learning activities and ideas for celebrating in your afterschool program. Visit to learn how to inspire youth in computer science.

Linus Pauling Day

February 28

Learn why Linus Pauling (1901-1994) received not one, but two Nobel Prizes for his work in chemistry and as a peace activist. In your program, you can experience one of the many areas he explored with this hands-on STEM activity: Test for Vitamin C