The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Quest summer program immerses students entering 11th and 12th grade in various art and science disciplines at the University of Florida to stimulate curiosity and appreciation for the range of college degrees and career opportunities available in science and art. Students become Gators for a week living on campus and experiencing residence life, visiting research laboratories and artists’ studios, entering the behind the scenes world of art and science museums, including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art and attending a variety of lectures and demonstrations.

STEAM Quest welcomes students who are interested in both art and science, regardless of experience in either discipline. This is an enrichment program for students that focuses on cultivating curiosity and creativity through hands-on exposure to the dynamic worlds of art and science.

The theme of STEAM Quest will vary each year to coordinate with the expertise and interest of participating faculty and the program coordinator. In 2016, STEAM Quest participants will explore the arts and sciences, through architecture, engineering, chemistry, ecology, painting, sculpture, photography and music with a focus on the natural world and local hydrogeology.

Sample activities include:

  • Visits to local state parks and springs, and artist studios
  • Interact with well-known artists
  • Hands-on activities such as “Creating Paint” and “Entomology and Citizen Science”
  • Visits to Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, Santa Fe College; UF Center for Arts in Medicine; Harn Museum of Art; and the Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Social activities on the UF campus


2015 STEAM Quest: Exploring Art and Science; Cabinets of Curiosity


Photos by the University of Florida