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2022 AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase

November 14, 2022
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2022 AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase

You're invited!  AIChE invites K-12 students, their parents, and educators to attend the AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase – an interactive opportunity to learn about STEM, Chemical Engineering, and different STEM career paths from real life STEM professionals!  Hear from exciting keynote speakers, follow along at home as chemical engineers present hands-on STEM demonstrations, and get answers to all of your burning questions about STEM and chemical engineering!  AIChE is pleased to share that the 2022 AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase will take place in Phoenix, AZ.

When: Monday, November 14, 2022 

Where: Phoenix, AZ (exact venue TBD) 

Read on to learn more and register today!

Event Details & FAQs

How to register


Who can attend?

AIChE invites all K-12 students, their parents, and educators to attend this exciting event.

All K-12 students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (i.e. parent, teacher, guidance counselor, academic advisor, etc.). A single adult chaperone may accompany multiple K-12 students.

How much does it cost to attend the event?

The AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase is free for K-12 students, parents, and teachers, but advanced registration is required.

What can attendees look forward to?

During the AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase, K–12 students, along with their parents and educators, can expect to enjoy a myriad of scheduled events. Below is a sample schedule from a previous AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase.

Sample schedule




9:15 AM-10:15 AM


Arrive & check in.  All attendees will receive:

  • An event wristband
  • Event flyer detailing the agenda, floor plan, and all STEM demos
  • A 2-pocket folder to hold all take home materials
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a lab coat, safety glasses and gloves
  • A souvenir sticker
  • A souvenir photo

10:15 AM-11:30 AM


Get excited about STEM and Chemical Engineering with the help of real life STEM professionals, including:

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

STEM Demos

Interact with exciting AIChE member-led STEM demos, discussions, and experiments, covering a variety of topics.

K-12 students will receive a handout explaining the science behind each demo for continued take-home learning. 

Chaperones will receive a handout detailing the supplies, costs, procedure, & STEM concepts associated with each demo to allow for replication at home or in the classroom. 

12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Lunch & Learn

Learn more about Chemical Engineering while you eat lunch with Chemical Engineering professionals and college students. 

1:30 PM-2:45 PM

AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition

Cheer on college students competing for the international title in the Annual AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition. 

Get a front row seat to the action at this exciting competition during which teams of college students design, build, and operate cars powered by a chemical energy source, that must safely carry a specified load over a given distance, and stop using another chemical reaction.

Teams design and build their shoebox sized cars in the months leading up to this day, but they don’t find out the target load their car must carry or the target distance their car must travel until 1 hour before the start of the competition, forcing teams to use real-time problem solving skills to succeed on competition day.

Who is AIChE?

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries.  Each year, over 1,500 chemical engineering undergraduate students and over 5,000 professional chemical engineers, faculty, and graduate students travel from all over the world to attend the AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference. 

The AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase will take place during the AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference, offering the next generation of STEM professionals (your K-12 students) a unique opportunity to learn more about STEM &Chemical Engineering directly from AIChE’s best and brightest Chemical Engineering professionals and students.

The AIChE STEM Showcase is generously supported by the AIChE Foundation and 3M and is made possible by AIChE members and volunteer leaders from our K-12 Committee, Executive Student Committee (ESC), participants in the AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition, and general AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference Attendees.



Contact us at k12@aiche.org.