Archive for STEM

STEMeX Family STEM Learning Program – Engineering Challenge (Kids ages 6-10) – February 26

Fleetwood – Jourdain Center
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Come take the Index Card Tower Engineering Challenge! Families with children ages 6-10 are invited to fine-tune your engineering skills in this fun STEM session with an engineering expert and library staff.

Space is limited and registration required.
Call the Evanston Public Library Children’s Services at: 847-448-8610 to register.

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District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of February 1 – Check out Summer Camp Info!

S.T.E.A.M Workshop – Ridgeville Park District – December 7

Wondering what to do on District 65 school improvement half-days? This workshop series is a fun, hands-on way to engage with STEM concepts with an added arts component. We will explore a variety of exciting topics at the different workshops including local ecosystems, light absorption and color, electrical circuits and more! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out of the house and learn more about the world around you.

*Transportation is not provided by the park district. Students can come early with lunch from home to eat.

Workshop Theme

Wednesday, December 7: Pourquoi Tales: Tracing Evolution through Mythology

Residents, $30; Non-Residents, $35

Location: Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.) in Kamen Park

Grades: 4-8steam

Make Your Own Website Workshop for Girls – Sun. Nov. 13


ST Math Parent Night – Weds. Nov. 2


D65 is sponsoring a PARENT NIGHT — so parents can learn more about ST Math and how to use it at home to supplement their student’s learning. Representatives from ST Math and the District will be there to demo and answer questions.

This TEDx talk is also very powerful, and shows the founder’s motivation for creating ST Math – he is dyslexic and struggled to learn because he could not read!

STEAM Workshops in Ridgeville Park District – Weds. Sept. 21

S.T.E.A.M. Workshops start next week!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Wondering what to do on District 65 school improvement half-days? This workshop series is a fun, hands-on way to engage with STEM concepts with an added arts component. We will explore a variety of exciting topics at the different workshops including local ecosystems, light absorption and color, electrical circuits and more! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out of the house and learn more about the world around you.

4th-8th graders. On School Improvement Days. At Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.)

Register here

Activities at the Evanston Public Library – Aug. 19 – 31

Register for our September Storytimes starting August 29 at 9 am: online, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610. Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from a few months old  through 5th grade. Storytimes start September 12th. See our wide range of storytime programming.


Donate Your Legos to Evanston’s Children. You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Donate your extra Legos. Bring your Legos to the bin in the Children’s Room to donate to new, local robotics clubs! Accepting donations until August 31.

And, coming in September…The Caldecott Club, Fall Words and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.


Zootopia, August Weekend Family Film: Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

More at the Branches
The Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch (CAMS), at 900 Chicago Avenue,has a wide variety of programming including bilingual storytimes, a book discussion group, STEM Saturdays, crafts, movies, personalized computer training, and more. See all upcoming programs at the CAMS branch. 

(The North Branch, 2026 Central Street is closed for repairs and will reopen on August 29. The book drop is not available during this closure.)

More Programs for Teens

Outside the Lines Book Club. Teens will read and discuss books about strong teen protagonists pushing back again normative identities to live their lives with pride. This is a safe space for teens of all identities. This month we’ll be readingZodiac Starforce, Copies of the book are available in the Loft one month before each discussion.Grades 6-12.Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Lab: Design.  Make all kinds of amazing projects from 3D design and sewing to coding and scrapbooking. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide all the supplies you bring creativity.  Grades 6-12. Drop in. New on Saturdays from 1-3, the Loft, starting in September.

See all upcoming Teen Programs including the new Loft Laughs, and latest Teen DIY.

Donate Your Legos


Donate Your Legos to Evanston Children. Evanston Public Library is partnering with Inspire Evanston Robotic to collect LEGOS in support of robotics clubs forming in Evanston schools this fall!

You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Bring your LEGOS to the Children’s Room to donate to new, local clubs! Want more info? Check out Inspire Evanston Robotics website. Donate today through August 31!

MetaMedia Maker Fair – Aug. 13, 1-3PM

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This family event shines the spotlight on middle school youth participating in MetaMedia, the McGaw YMCA’s free digital media and technology center. Come see their summer projects on display and meet the “makers.”

The event will feature hands on “Tinkering” Stations and showcase projects developed as part of a Thingamajig ®Competition for 6th-8th graders . Prizes will be awarded for the best inventions during the event. There is still time to participate in the competition! For more information, contact Sarita Smith at

Kindly send RSVPs by June 30 to or call 847-475-7400 x215.

August 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

1000 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Events for Teens at EPL in July


altThursday, July 28, 6:30-8:30pm, The Loft, Main Library

Come celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! This evening of magic includes being sorted, trivia, games, giveaways and more! Grades 6-12. Sign up for a reminder and or drop in.


Wednesdays, June 8-August 10, 3-5 pm, the Loft, Main Library 

Low tech and high tech come together in this series of workshops. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you the most.


July 20-August 10: Collabor-action
Working in small groups during the Collabor-action sessions, we will explore various social justice issues that affect teens today, will work together to produce collaborative works of art of all kinds, from visual art pieces to stop-motion animation narrative storytelling films that address these issues.
Drop in or sign up for a reminder: July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10

Grades 6-12.



Tuesday, July 19, 6-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library

If you’re a crafty TAB veteran, you know the drill. If you’ve never even heard of TAB but you enjoy The Loft and like to indulge in free pizza now and then, you’re more than welcome to stop by and see what we’re all about. TAB members help plan, lead and set up Loft programs, assist with decision making in the Loft, decorate the space and more. We hope to see you there! For grades 6-12.Sign up for a reminder or drop in.


We provide the supplies you bring the creativity.  Grades 6-12.


Saturday, July 23, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Using conductive thread and LEDs you’ll light up the room by designing your own illuminated accessories. Drop in or sign up for a reminder. 

STEM Make-a-Thon – Sat. June 25

A dyPaige and Paxton Trademark Logonamic environment to engage little learners—ages 4 to 7—in the rewards of hands-on discovery, problem-solving and design.


Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons are the very best STEM experiences a kid, ages 4-7, can have. This full day of hands-on learning will provide little learners and their parents with a whole new outlook on the possibilities and opportunities in STEM.

Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenges for kids, ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children’s book series.
Challenges are led by REAL scientists, engineers, and technologists, and there’s lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-yourself spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term “hack” is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.
Thank you to our hosts at Oakton Elementary School! Go Cougars!
Learn more at

Free Math Tutoring for Grades 4-8


Summer Coding Program for Girls 10-17

SHE IS CODE is offering a free summer coding program to girls ages 10-17.  The flyer for this 9 week program is attached.  
SHE IS CODE is having an registration/information session this Wednesday June 15th at Fleetwood from 5-6PM.  This program meets weekly Wednesdays 4PM-6PM
The first session is June 22nd at Fleetwood.
If you have any specific questions about this program, please contact Tonya Patterson at
SHE IS CODE Summer Program

STEM Camps at Oakton Community College

Evanston youngsters, ages 8-14, are eligible to sign up for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camps at Oakton Community College’s Skokie and Des Plaines campuses this summer.

One-week courses are available from June to August, offered by Oakton’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning, in collaboration with the Center for Promoting STEM.

June camps involve topics such as making LEGO films, creating 3D video games and models, and designing Minecraft characters and buildings.

In July and August, offerings center around robotics. Students will have the opportunity to design their own robots, test their creations in competitions, and visit a robotics company.

Courses range from $123 – $300. Early bird enrollment is available for some courses if registered by Monday, June 6.

Registration information is available on the university’s website.

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Tinker Teens: Flipping the Selfie – Weds. June 8

Low tech and high tech come together in this series of workshops. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you the most. During the Flipping the Selfie sessions, teens will reinvent the selfie (or, self-portrait, as it is also known throughout history) for the modern age, utilizing new technologies (such as 3-d printing!), blended with traditional sculpture, drawing, collage, and origami techniques to express oneself! Grades 6-12. Drop in or sign up for a reminder.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
1703 Orrington Ave., Main Library – The Loft (Third Floor)
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STEM/STEAM Summer Programs for High School Students

There are still several summer opportunities for your high school student to participate in STEM/STEAM programs at Northwestern. Graduating seniors are still welcome! Please contact with any questions.

STEAM Summer Design Teams — Two and a half weeks of shadowing and team-based design projects. July 18th-Aug. 3rd. All grade levels and experience levels! Apply at

–STEAM Student Research — One week working on computational design projects with NU grad students.July 25-29th. Need some minimal computer coding experience. Apply at

–WiSTEM Shadow Day — June 6th — Girls in all grades and experience levels, shadow with NU Women in STEM fields! Sign up at:

–Psychology Internship with Dr. Jennifer Tackett — 8 week unpaid internship in a psychology development lab at NU. Download the pdf for more information: TackettLab_Internship

–Brave Camp! — This camp is one week (various times during the summer). Held in Chicago, but run by NU students and industry partners. Girls ages 14-18 learn leadership, design thinking, and coding to solve community problems. Financial aid is available and generous!

ETHS Cyber Security Camp for Grades 9-12

CyberEvanston Township High School – 2016 CYBERSECURITY SUMMER CAMP

A non-credit hands-on exploration of cybersecurity for students grades 9 – 12

Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th 8AM – 1:35PM

One session only — space is limited to 15 students – no experience necessary

We will explore the field of cybersecurity using the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp program, which is organized as a 5 day hands-on experience. Students will learn about: basic cybersecurity principles, the use virtual machines, Windows security policies and account management, file protections, auditing and monitoring, Windows Server 2008 and Linux, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, graphical user interface & command line security on Ubuntu. We will also discuss cyber ethics, online safety, cyber threats, and explore career opportunities. Students will also be introduced to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition (which is held during the school year) and campers will participate in a mock competition on the final day of camp. No student experience is necessary – just a serious interest in learning about the field.

Key Information

  • Not a Credit Course: This camp is being offered by ETHS’ CTE department to interested students for exploration and enrichment. It is NOT a credit earning course and does NOT count towards a student’s graduation requirements.
  • Location: The camp will be held at Evanston Township High School in Room A335. This is a computer classroom and each student will have their own computer to work on.
  • Cost/Registration: Complete the form below and return it with the $200 camp fee. A limited number of fee waivers are available for families in need of financial assistance.
  • Refunds: Registration fee is refundable for requests received through Friday, July 8, 2016. If the camp has a low enrollment, it will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.

Questions: Contact Gary Haller at or 847 424-7985

More information and a registration form available at

Fifth Ward STEM Fest – Sun. May 14


Math Camp Enrolling Now

Licensed professional teacher and licensed clinical social worker, Tracy Loland is offering summer Math Camp with the theme: “Enrichment Math Is for Everyone”. Whether you’d like your child to sharpen essential math skills, or explore and experiment with math far beyond what any school curriculum can do, Math Camp is the solution.

Students will collaborate on activities and games and boost confidence levels as they take on active roles as problem-solvers. Using the highest-quality curriculum, students will work out problems and puzzles, while doing lots of work on reinforcing fundamental skills.

Math Camp sessions are held in southwest Evanston, near Main and Dodge.

Summer I, from June 6–July 1 (8 sessions), $200

  • Grades K–2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am
  • Grades 3-5: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:30 pm
  • Grades 6-8: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

Summer II, from July 25–August 19 (8 sessions), $200

  • Grades K–2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am
  • Grades 3-5: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:30 pm
  • Grades 6-8: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

There will be no more than four students in each session. The grades listed below refer to the grade your child will be entering in the fall. To enroll your child(ren), simply contact Tracy Loland by phone: 224-392-8994, email:, or on this site to inform her which session you’re enrolling in, and to arrange for payment to reserve your child’s spot. Payments can be made on the payment page, or you can pay by cash or check.

If you’re interested in summer Math Camp but these times don’t work for you, just contact Tracy. She will offer additional sections on different days/times as needed.

Interested in learning more about the thoughts behind this year’s Math Camp theme? Visit Tracy’s website.

Need a scholarship? For every four students who enroll in Math Camp, Tracy will offer one reduced-rate scholarship spot to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school. Contact her for more information!

Robotics Information Night – Weds. April 20