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STEAM It Up marshmallow
Teams of educators from across Illinois generated their own steam Aug. 3 at Northern Illinois University, doing something most of them probably hadn’t done for decades: racing against time to build model bridges out of pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and other classroom supplies. As the timer ticked down, cries of “more glue!” and “that won’t...
Formal and informal educators will get to experience hands-on activities that they can easily incorporate into their own classes.
Robots in the classroom. Science-infused artwork. Digital storytelling. Teachers will learn how to make their classrooms more exciting by adding the arts to STEM to produce STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering and math) during “STEAMing It Up,” a one-day conference at NIU’s Gabel Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. Bringing STEAM...
A camper in Engineering Amusement designs and constructs a model roller coaster.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Northern Illinois University’s STEM Outreach is hoping to help students answer that question by offering a variety of fun, hands-on summer camps that explore in-demand careers and concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Outreach and other STEM departments host camps from June through...
An old radio
The Martians have landed in DeKalb – and they did not come in peace! That’s the premise of STEM Read’s new adaptation of the classic 1938 radio play, “The War of the Worlds.” Throughout the winter and spring, STEM Read worked with Northern Public Radio and teens from DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa to imagine, write...
STEM science camp
Students looking for fun, hands-on ways to explore new careers this summer can register for Northern Illinois University’s summer camps. NIU’s day and residential camps run throughout June, July and August and cover a variety of topics to keep students in elementary school through high school engaged in learning and growing. They also offer students...
Doug Sisterson
Mixed messages about climate disruption in the media and elsewhere cause confusion for the public and could prevent action to ensure a better future, says Doug Sisterson, a research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory. Sisterson will visit NIU Friday, April 10, to speak on “What We Know and Don’t Know About Climate Disruption,” exploring striking...
Jack Andraka
The American Cancer Society predicts that the United States will have 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in this year alone. Experts agree that the best way to fight cancer is to stay healthy and active and to get recommended screening tests, but early detection can be difficult because of expensive, outdated...
A student in one of the very first STEM Divas classes, held on campus at Northern Illinois University and facilitated by STEM Outreach, works with her Doodler 3D printer pen to create 3-dimensional jewelry.
Pettee Guerrero is the embodiment of a STEM Diva. An educator with NIU STEM Outreach in the Center for P-20 Engagement, Guerrero lives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has an infectious enthusiasm for both STEM learning and NIU that is on full display in her high-energy demonstrations. She can be seen on...
NIU STEM Outreach summer camp 2014
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that STEMfest is a blast for children of all ages. With a record crowd of more than 7,500 visitors, NIU’s annual mega-sized science fair celebrated the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math in grand fashion at the Convocation Center Saturday, Oct. 18. The five-year anniversary of...
STEMFest 2013
Prepare to be amazed! NIU’s annual STEMfest will once again wow visitors of all ages at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. This free family event spurs students, families, and educators to explore hot new technologies and cool scientific phenomena. Exhibitors from NIU’s 25 STEM departments as well as...
Solar Fest poster
Explore solar energy, climate science and all things sunny Saturday, Sept. 27, during Solar Fest at DuPage Children’s Museum. Hosted by DuPage Children’s Museum, Argonne National Laboratory and NIU STEM Read, Solar Fest takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features exciting, educational events and activities for young learners. Visitors will have a...
Students in Engineering Amusement learned about the physics of thrill rides by constructing their own rollercoasters.
Learning is happening year-round at NIU. Over the summer, the next generation of innovators explored career options at NIU’s STEM summer camps. “Starting as early as middle school, students begin defining their career possibilities,” says Pati Sievert, director of NIU STEM Outreach. “Research shows that serious career interests motivate students to work harder in middle...
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