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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...
Daniel Wilson
Are you smarter than your smart phone? Can you outdrive a self-driving car? The technology we rely on is becoming more and more sophisticated. Could humanity survive if that technology turned evil? Daniel H. Wilson, who explores the possibility of a machine uprising in his novel “Robopocalypse,” will visit NIU and the Sycamore Public Library this...
Clinton Cargile. Photo by Jeff Threewitt.
Every generation has its bold ideas, ideas so powerful that they can change the destiny of an entire town Long before Northern Illinois University was a glimmer in the region’s eye, DeKalb and Sycamore were locked in a heated race over which town would bring railroad service to the county. When DeKalb secured the railroad...
Photo of wind turbines
April’s strong, gusty winds are good for more than just flying kites. The next Bright Futures program, “Fun with Wind Energy,” will introduce elementary and middle school students to alternative energy and the science behind wind turbines. This free event will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at NIU’s Engineering Building, 590 Garden Road....
STEM Saturday!
The popular Bright Futures series launches its spring 2013 season at local public libraries in February. Hands-on activities for children and their families will spark their understanding of energy, electricity and electrical engineering. Funded by the grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation, Bright Futures is a partnership of NIU STEM Outreach with libraries in...
NIU Cares Day 2011
Registration for NIU Cares Day 2012, NIU’s annual day of community service, will remain open through Friday, March 30. Team leaders can email [email protected] now to get their teams recognized. Students who are looking to meet new people or have no team preference can sign up with “Team NIU Cares.” NIU Cares Day committee members...
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In science fiction, aliens don’t always look like little green men or the beehive-coiffed vixens Captain Kirk usually encounters in Star Trek. In Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran’s graphic novel “Orbiter” – the October selection for the STEMfest SF Teen Read – humans encounter life forms that truly are alien. Ten years after the demise...
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What if the Internet connected directly to your brain? Your favorite songs would play inside your head. Your favorite restaurant would know exactly when you were hungry. You wouldn’t have to waste time in school because you could instantly look up anything you ever wanted to know. That’s the premise of M.T. Anderson’s “Feed,” a...
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Science fiction isn’t just about Klingon love poems or alien probings; some sci-fi stories are set right here on Earth and can act as a springboard for thinking critically about science and technology in our daily lives. This summer, teens in DeKalb County can experience science fiction in a whole new way. In June, August...