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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...
STEMfest 2013
Saturday’s annual STEMfest provided free fun-filled activities that exposed students to science, technology, engineering and math careers. Frisbee-throwing robots, laser labs and haunted physics labs were just a few favorites showcased at the event hosted by NIU STEM Outreach. The fest included more than 200-hands-on exhibits, attracted nearly 5,000 spectators. Melinda Morrison from Rock Island,...
STEMfest will wow spectators at the NIU Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. This annual festival introduces learners of all ages to cutting-edge technologies and intriguing science phenomena that will amaze students, parents and educators alike. The event is open to the public. Parking and admission are free. Hosted by...
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Macular degeneration, a common eye disease that affects the retina, is the leading cause of blindness in Americans older than 50. Scientists at NIU are at the forefront of research on the human retina and are seeking new treatment to protect and preserve vision. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, NIU STEM Outreach invites community...
As morning dawned Saturday, Oct. 20, on the NIU Convocation Center, thousands of spectators eagerly waited to see what the third annual STEMfest would have in store. Visitors from all over Illinois and Indiana traveled to DeKalb to witness a unique experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics under one roof. STEMfest continues to grow...
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Imagine a TV screen made of flexible material that you can roll up and put in your pocket. Picture tiny robots coursing through veins to target cancers without damaging healthy cells. This isn’t a remake of “The Fantastic Voyage,” it is the future of nanotechnology, a field of materials science that is transforming the way...
The encore presentation of “The Trouble with Asian Carp” will discuss the environmental and safety concerns the fish are raising in Illinois.
They’ve invaded our rivers. They have moved north with few natural predators to stand in their way. They’re Asian carp, and if they make it to Lake Michigan, experts say that the entire Great Lakes ecosystem could be at risk. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, join Illinois Department of Natural Resources expert Vic Santucci...
Children young and old are invited to bring their imagination and sense of wonder to the NIU campus this October for a day of hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits focused on the marvels of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For the third straight year, STEMfest will wow spectators at the NIU Convocation Center from...
NIU Robotics Club
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology soon will have a new robotics club. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 253 (the Acoustics and Vibrations Lab) of the Engineering Building. Junior electrical engineering major Ryan Riddel hatched the concept for the club when he noticed that NIU did not...
STEM Outreach, ILGCP and Design Squad Nation share the goal of motivating girls to pursue careers in science and engineering.
When NIU alumna Peg Keiner was growing up, she took apart nearly anything she could get her hands on just to see what made it tick. Sometimes the most interesting challenge was learning if she could put it back together. Now, as an instructional technology coach in Oak Lawn, she remains just as enthusiastic as...
STEM Cafe logo: Feed your mind!
You might have heard that spider’s silk is one of the strongest materials in the natural world, but did you know that scientists are working to develop genetically-engineered goats that can produce a spider-like silk in their milk? That’s just one of the weird and fascinating things happening in the world of materials science, a...
STEM Café attendees will get a chance to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which occurs every August when Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Image courtesy of nasaimages.org
Question: what’s better than gazing up at a summer sky filled with shooting stars? Answer: gazing up at those same beautiful stars while drinking a cool, crisp glass of wine. On Sunday, Aug. 12, STEM Outreach invites adults to the August STEM Café: “An Evening of Shooting Stars and Chardonels.” This fun, casual event takes...
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