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STEM Supply Drive

It all started with a question: How can we help students in our community learn about STEM?

The answer from many local educators was access to more science materials. Dr. Universe wants to make sure kids (our future scientists and engineers) have the materials they need to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ask Dr. Universe is based out of Washington State University, a public research university committed to a tradition of service and access to education.

When is the STEM Supply Drive?  

Wednesday, March 14 (Pi Day) through Monday, April 30.

What kind of items can I donate?

We’re collecting every day items from Play-Doh and toothpicks to robotics kits to paper products.

Questions? Contact Rachel Webber at

Picnic Products
Aluminum Foil
Paper Towels
Plastic Condiment Cups
1/2 inch wide straws

Office Supplies/Outdoor/Hardware
D Cell batteries
LED diodes
Coin Cell batteries
Copper tape
Copper wire
Conductive thread
Battery holders w/ alligator clips
Ring magnets
Neodymium Magnets- 5 magnets
100 mL graduated cylinder
Kids books about scientists/inventors
Legos, old or new
Construction Paper

Popsicle sticks
Pipe cleaners
Clothes pins
Playing Cards

No nonsense nylon kneesocks- 10 pair value, 4 boxes

Empty plastic water bottles
Other kinds of recyclables that can be used for tinkering and engineering!

Big Wish Items (You can find more details on these items on the Wish List here!)

Magnetic Tiles Blocks STEM Set
Ozobot Bit Classroom Kit
Ozobot Markers Set
Snap Circuit Student Kit
Raspberry Pi3 Sparkfun Starter Kit
Snap Circuits
Primary Colors of Light, Light Blox
SRA Science Cards- McGraw Hill Curriculum Grades 3-6
Medium bottle of ferrofluid
LEGO Basic Bricks

Where will items go?

This year the items will go to local schools, libraries, and after-school programs in the Pullman-area. If you would like to be future recipient of materials, let us know via e-mail.

Where can I drop off an item?

Neill Public Library- Front Desk

Moscow Public Library- Front Desk

Whitman County Library, Colfax- Front Desk

Pullman Schools PTA/Pullman Parks and Recreation- Front Desk

The MILL, University of Idaho Library- Front Desk

Jefferson Elementary School- Front Office

Hulbert Hall- Room 421

Thompson Hall- Room 309

Compton Union Building- Lower 45

Todd Hall- Room 570

Information Technology Building- Room 2013B

Northwest Public Broadcasting, Murrow West- Room 327

PACCAR Building- Outside the IDEX Collaboratory in the lobby

Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Office- Wegner 105

Voiland Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Building- EME 102

WSU Office of Research, Lighty 280, Front Desk

Pullman City Hall- Administration, Finance, Human Resources Office


Spokane Falls Community College, Student Lounge, Pullman Campus


My organization/department would like to help or host a drop-off box.

That’s awesome. E-mail for more info.


Thanks to the planning committee representatives from Pullman School District and WSU Center for Civic Engagement. 

The STEM Supply Drive is based out of University Marketing and Communications. A friendly-reminder: University funds cannot be used to purchase items. Policies for University Surplus Property are here.