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Justin  Shaifer

Justin Shaifer

Executive Director of Fascinate Inc. & STEM Advocate


Growing up in a single parent home, Justin J. Shaifer had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. His worldview drastically transformed after experiences at Hampton University.  Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine and environmental science with the highest departmental GPA and was also president of Hampton University's student body while receiving scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100% of his tuition and room & board. Now 24 years old, he travels the country empowering young students to "embrace their inner nerd" despite their surroundings. Read More >

Justin is a PhD student at Columbia University and the Founder & Executive Director of Fascinate Inc. an organization created to excite underrepresented students about STEM. He performs teacher training and develops culturally responsive STEM curriculum for institutions in New York City. He is known for his work on the Magic Cool Bus Project. Past partners of his organization include Google, Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, and Children’s Aid.

His STEM-centric content has received over 2.5M views on all platforms, and he has performed over 50 speaking engagements, reaching over 20,000 students in the past 2 years. His programs have served over 500 students in the New York City area. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Speaking Reel

Speaker Highlight

TEDx: How to Speak “Generation Z”

Why STEM is COOL! (To Me)

Speech Topics

How to Speak “Gen Z”

"Parents Never Understand" has taken on an entirely new meaning with the upcoming "Generation Z." This generation is the first of truly "digital natives" - meaning many of these kids grew up with iPads in their hands. This talk and optional workshop equips users with practical tools for engaging this truly unique cohort of children.

Bring STEM to Class: A Practical Guide for Teachers

Most educators recognize the importance of STEM skills for the modern workforce, but few effectively translate this into lesson plans for their students. Based on Justin's professional experience in multiple STEM disciplines and STEM youth development programs, this tech savvy workshop walks teachers through unique lesson plans to engage students in STEM.

Profit from Your STEM Degree, During & After College

Modern students are often intimidated by the prospect of debt, but they don't have to be! This exciting workshop by Justin Shaifer, a full-scholarship recipient, provides students with immediately applicable strategies to fully fund a college career, and ensure job security post-graduation.


Boring lectures and uninspiring teachers have ruined many students’ perceptions of STEM. This adventurous talk informs students about real life experiences of modern STEM students, and the prospects of STEM careers