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Why do our conversations about climate change get so heated? And why do they often feel so unproductive? At the next STEM Café, “The Rhetoric of Climate Change,” NIU Professor Emeritus of English Philip Eubanks will explore why people disagree so strongly about climate change and what can be done to make the conversation more...
Do you want to learn how publicly available data can be used for the public good, facilitating progress on the issues you care about the most? If so, register online for NIU’s second Open Data Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Campus Life Building at 545 Lucinda Ave. The event,...
The current threats posed by volcanoes will be explored by an NIU expert and an award-winning author of young adult fiction at the next STEM Café, held on Nov. 16, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Novak Room at Fatty’s Pub and Grille. Jim Walker, a professor in NIU’s Geology and Environmental Geoscience department,...
Kids interested in how computer code can help with real-world problems and lead to high-paying jobs can now register for NIU STEAM Works “Code Saturday.” This event, designed for students grades six and above, will take place Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. – noon, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive in Sugar Grove. Registration...
For the seventh consecutive year, NIU’s popular STEMfest will amaze and inform thousands of visitors of all ages at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. This free, family-friendly festival, attended by nearly 7,500 people last year, showcases the fascinating power of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)...
Gillian King-Cargile remembers well a phone call from an administrator at Sycamore High School, where she’d recently handed out free copies of a science fiction novel titled “The Maze Runner.” “You made a kid’s mom cry,” the caller told her. What? How? Was the plot objectionable? The subject matter? No, she was told, the mother...
Registration is now open for NIU’s second annual Huskie Hack, a 26-hour contest designed to spark innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship. The event, which will be held in the Holmes Student Center, will start at noon on Nov. 5, 2016, and finish at 2 p.m. the next day (Nov. 6).  Students work throughout the 26 hours...
As the fall semester starts, NIU STEAM Works is gearing up for another season of diverse programs that combine content from science, technology, engineering, the arts and math to spark creativity, innovation and problem solving. STEAM Works programs bring together the existing roster of STEM Outreach programs and expand to include programs that emphasize the...
middle schoolers at computers
Students in grades 6-8 who want an introduction to the world of computer coding can now register for NIU STEAM Works’ first-ever Middle School Coding and Technology Event. This event, which is open to students in grades 6-8 from DeKalb, Huntley, St. Charles, Sycamore, and Kaneland district schools, plus Cambridge Lakes Charter school, will take...
NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing...
Huskie Hack: September 2015
Want to make a difference in DeKalb County? Register now for NIU’s “Hack for Change,” where citizens, leaders and tech enthusiasts of all ages will collaborate on innovative solutions to local challenges. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Sky Room of NIU’s Holmes Student...
STEMfest 2015
All 7,500 participants in STEMfest 2015 had the opportunity to engage in a full day of hands-on fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math. The sixth annual STEMfest included participants from more than 98 ZIP codes, 633 NIU volunteers and 85 exhibitors who offered more than 200 activities to explore. But many young attendees received...
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