STEM from the Roots

Go Green

Let your passion for the environment take root!

Are you ready to unplug and get your hands dirty? Explorers will discover the world of sustainable agriculture and learn the science behind a successful harvest. Students will have the opportunity to utilize hands-on learning in the Wake Forest Campus Garden with instruction from world-class staff. Explorers will leave with the knowledge to create their own garden.

At a Glance


Dates: June 21 – 24

Who Can Apply?: 6th – 8th grade students

Program Length: Monday – Thursday

Program Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm (EST)

Program Tuition: $595

Location: Online – Zoom

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all STEM from the Roots participants.

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What You’ll Explore

Topics Covered:

  • Soil Structure
  • Germination
  • Planting
  • Climate Change
  • Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

Virtual Experiences:

  • Genetics Lab
  • Conduct Soil pH Test
  • Composting Course
  • Design Your Own Garden
  • Build Your Own Water Filter

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

STEM from the Roots Cost

Online | $595

Campus Garden Tour
Students working together in the Campus Kitchen
Students in the Campus Garden

A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 pm Explorers Log In 
  • 1:05 pm Introduction of Academic Partner & Group Icebreaker 
  • 1:15 pm Introduction of today’s STEM focus topic
  • 1:20 pm Live lecture: Photosynthesis 
  • 2:00 pm Lab activity
  • 2:15 pm Explorer Q & A 
  • 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:05 pm Design your own garden 
  • 3:30 pm Deacon Discussion
  • 3:55 pm Debrief 
  • 4:00 pm Explorers Log Off

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Guide

Academic Guide Nathan Peifer

Nathan Peifer

Academic Guide

Nathan Peifer is the Campus as Lab pilot program manager and the WFU Campus Garden Manager. He gained a master’s of divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2013, and enjoyed a WFU Campus Garden internship in the summer of 2012. After graduation, Peifer earned a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College and worked on several small, organic farms. Peifer served as a Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to his professional pursuits in agriculture and sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Peifer resides in Forsyth County and supports community garden initiatives and the local food movement.