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Tech Conference for Girls Grades 6-9 – Sat. April 16

AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at Oakton Community College, April 16, 2016, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm.

Questions about the Spring 2016 AAUW Tech Savvy Conference?  Send an email to

AAUW Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers. The Chicagoland AAUW Tech Savvy Conference to be held at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines on Saturday April  16, 2016 is based on a similar conference held successfully at the University of Buffalo for the last nine years.

Registration is now open

To learn more about Tech Savvy on the AAUW Tech Savvy National Site click here.

Download the tech savvy flyer: Tech Savvy Flyer April 16, 2016.

These are the workshops we are providing on April 16, 2016:

Tech Savvy Sessions:  Girls should pick 3 workshops:

  1. Creations in 3D   Use a 3-D doodler to make it your own 3D printed jewelry charm.
  2. It’s Electric   Be a design engineer and build a battery-powered car while exploring the physics of simple circuits and wiring diagrams.
  3. DNA: Life’s Blueprint Discover the link between DNA and heredity. We will extract DNA from a strawberry and discuss what it does.
  4. Neuroscience of sleep All of our senses involve the brain, including sleep, so we’ll learn about our brains and sleep.
  5. Nanotechnology   Explore the common materials used to make solar cells, and assemble these cells into a solar panel.
  6. Architecture and Design Thinking   Come sketch and interact with a 3D architectural modeling computer program.
  7. Robotics   Build and remote control a Lego Robot.
  8. Create Your Own App   Use the MIT App Inventor to design your own app!
  9. Vertebrate Paleobiology   Examine fossils, using them to reconstruct an ancient ecosystem.
  10. Roller Coaster Physics – Energy in Motion Make energy transform into motion and observe how a roller coaster moves from potential to kinetic energy.
  11. Airplanes are Awesome Come build and fly your own airplane.
  12. Infrared Astronomy: More than Your Eyes Can See Learn how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared. Build your own infrared detector and “listen to light”. Learn how to use infrared light to power your cell phone and more.

Savvy Skills Afternoon Workshop: Girls can pick ONE

  1. Assertiveness 101    No one can live your life but you.  Role play and practice taking action for yourself.
  2. Leading Leaders   Mindfulness techniques can help you become more aware of your emotions and gain control of your life.
  3. What does your Selfie say about you? A Self-Empowerment workshop to build up your own self-esteem.
  4. Having Fun with Public Speaking Building confidence in public speaking by participating in fun activities that require speaking in front of the group.
  5. Making Ideas Become Real Enhance your creativity and learn to use your gray matter.
  6. Move for Life! The Nia experience is a blend of yoga and dance to strengthen your body and spirit. Nia is a powerful, joyous and creative movement practice. A fusion of dance, martial arts, and healing arts. It is a body-mind-spirit celebration.
  7. Leadership Skills Learn about your abilities and find the leader in you.
  8. Finding Power in Who You Are Your identity, your struggles, and your story are essential parts of who you are. Find power and strength through them.
  9. Dealing with stress  Defining and evaluating personal strategies for managing stress/crises.
  10. Go Team! Come and enjoy some fun games to improve your communication skills. Impress your peers with these amazing relationship building techniques.

PARENT TECH SAVVY SKILLS : Workshops: Parents can choose TWO

  1. Social Media Use of Social Media and how it can affect your kids.
  2. Assertiveness 101 No one can live your life but you. Role play and practice taking action for yourself.
  3. Scholarships Discover what scholarships are out there and how to help you prepare and apply for them.
  4. Create an App Use the MIT App inventor to design your own app!

Girls Coding Workshop – Tues. March 8

A new non-profit group called She Is Coding will hold a free workshop to interest girls in computer careers on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center in Evanston.

Organizer Tonya Patterson says technology is one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago, and girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in the tech sector.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center
1655 Foster St.
Evanston , IL 60201


Hackstudio Spring Registration is Open

Hackstudio offers a ten-week program, April 4 – June 2, designed to help individuals discover and pursue their dreams – and get them DONE. Learn more about our program on our website at

Click here to register now!

Career Day for Girls @ NU – Register by Feb. 5

The Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is pleased to announce 45th annual Career Day for Girls, scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016.

This program is designed for female junior high and high school students who have an interest in science and mathematics. The program will contain educational and career information about opportunities in engineering and applied science. Speakers are women who have engineering degrees and current female engineering students.

Registration Information

All registrations must be received by February 5, 2016.


For More Information: Contact Sareena Daniel by email at

Saturday, February 27, 2016 McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
8:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Mini Maker Faire @ Barnes and Noble – Nov. 6-8


STEAM Workshop – Weds. Nov. 4

November 4, 12:30-4pm 4th-8th graders should join Ridgeville Park District to fill the half-day with exploration! District 65 has the afternoon off this Wednesday, so they have a wonderful workshop to keep your child engaged, having fun, and learning something!

Click here to register

Hackstudio Mid-Season Sessions Start Nov. 9

Fall sports are ending and kids are ready for new goals.

Register for Mid-Season Sessions, November 9th -December 23rd, 2-hour sessions, MondayWednesday, with start times at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 7:30.

MidSeason Start

Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles – Weds. Sept. 16

Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles: Building Computational Literacy Skills for our ‘Next-Gen’ ScientistsEvanstonScience
with Michael Horn, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Learning Sciences; School of Education and Social Policy; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:30 – 8:00pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Avenue    Evanston

The nature of science is changing. More than ever scientists use sophisticated computational tools and massive amounts of data to pursue research that was unimaginable a generation ago. From genome sequencing to searching for planets beyond our solar system, computation has become an indispensable tool. But these profound changes in the nature of science also raise important questions about how we should go about preparing the next generation of researchers, engineers, teachers, and policy makers:

  • How can our various educational institutions (including schools, museums, and out-of-school programs) do a better job reflecting the computational nature of modern science?
  • By using computational tools how can science become more satisfying and effective for our youth?
  • How do we engage broad and diverse audiences in a computational future?

Hear how Mike Horn and his team of artists, learning scientists, and computer scientists design museum exhibits and classroom materials across the U.S. to support computational literacy. His work has been displayed at the Boston Museum of Science, the Field Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Computer History Museum.




Robotics Program for High School Students with Autism

Do you have a teenager on the Autism Spectrum? 

Thanks to a grant from the Special Kids Foundation and a robotics kit provided by the Service Club of Chicago, Have Dreams will offer a new Robotics Program with the goal of forming one of the first robotics teams in the United States made up of students on the autism spectrum. The Robotics Program team will compete in local tournaments such as the Illinois First Robotics Competition. The program is for high school students (ages 14-18 years old) who are at grade level in math and science. It will be held:

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
September 21, 2015 – March 19, 2016
Have Dreams – Evanston: 2020 Dempster Street

Students will learn how to design, build, and program robots by applying real world math and science concepts. Additionally, students will develop problem solving, organizational and team building skills.

·  Maximum 10 students only  ̶ this program is expected to fill up quickly!
·  Must register for the entire program: September 21, 2015  ̶ March 19, 2016.
·  Cost: $1,450 for the entire session; payable in installments.

See flyer for more information HERE
Check out the other wonderful afterschool andSaturday programs at Have Dreams:

STEM Workshop for Kids Ages 4-7 – Sat. Sept. 12

Looking for mini innovators who like to make (and break) things!
The Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thon features 3 to 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges for kids ages 4 to 7, based on characters and story lines from the Paige & Paxton series.
Date / Time / Location:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
How it works: 
Experiences are led by STEM and education experts (engineers, technologists and designers) and will range from the basis of technology and design to paleontology to civil engineering.
Why should a kid attend? 
  • Get to make a lot of cool stuff
  • Don’t have to sit in your seat or be quiet
  • Get to make a mess and even mess up without getting in trouble
  • Get a kit to take home to make more cool stuff
  • Leave with some new answers to the question that adults keep nagging you about, like “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

For more details visit:

Register for Hackstudio

HackStudioWhy is it that some people seem to be able to achieve whatever they set out to do? Names like Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift and Sir Richard Branson come to mind. Talent? Genius? As Calvin Coolidge once said, “nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent… unrewarded genius is almost a proverb…”

Talent and genius are wonderful things to have but they’re not what make things happen. At Hackstudio, we believe the key to achieving your dreams is connection, and it starts with connecting with who you are.

We help you discover and align your identity, your purpose, and the courage to share yourself generously so you can achieve anything important to you. Our mission is to help kids connect with who they are so they can connect who they are with the world.

That’s who we are.

“Hackstudio is for ANY Kind of Kid.”

Remember, applications are online now. Please click to apply for Fall 2015.


Summer 3D Design Classes for Middle School Students


Application Information
To apply visit the website Applications can be turned in to your student’s media arts teacher by Monday, June 8th or emailed to Sherri Kushner at by Monday, June 15th.

Students must commit to attending every day of the class they sign up for in its entirety.  Check your calendar before applying to ensure that there will not be any conflicts if you are selected.

The classes will be held at the YMCA MetaMedia Lab at 1000 Grove Street.

Class A will meet August 3rd-  6th from 9:30am – 12pm.
Class B will meet August 10th-13th from 9:30am – 12pm.

Students should only sign up for one class.


Register for the NU 2015 Engineering Grand Prix


Then sign up for the 2015 ENGINEERING GRAND PRIX hosted by Northwestern University’s McCormick Graduate Leadership Council! HURRY because SPACE IS LIMITED! (We will also be wait-listing applicants.)

This is your opportunity to learn how awesome and exciting science can be. Join us for a day full of exciting challenges, fun and much more. We will have prizes for all of you along with a light breakfast, lunch, and ICE CREAM!
The 2015 Engineering Grand Prix will take place on the May 16th at Haven Middle School (located at 2417 Prairie Ave). The event is tentatively scheduled from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, though these timings are subject to change as the challenges are finalized. In the event that the timings are changed, we will be sure to notify you well in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact the event co-chairs Namu Patel and Amir Vahabikashi at Northwestern graduate students can’t wait to spend a fun filled day with all of you!

Click here to register

Roycemore ShareFair – Sat. April 25

Roycemore is excited to host the first Chicago/Evanston Share Fair Nation event! Share Fair is a FREE two-part event that brings together educators, students and families to experience creative methods of transforming education in science, technology, engineering and math. Share Fair Nation is sponsored by the Morgridge Family Foundation in conjunction with the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.

Classroom Intensives for Teachers & Administrators

Spend the day in a variety of thought-provoking professional development workshops exploring this year’s Share Fair theme: Explore, Invent & Experiment. By attending Share Fair the entire day, not only will you receive a catered gourmet lunch, you will also earn four hours of CPDU credit, arranged through Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, a certified CPDU authorizer.

Workshop Presenters

  • Ian Belanger – Hands on, Brains on! Classroom Technology Tools, It’s Elementary!
  • Maxine Bone – The 4 Rs: Retell, Relate, Reflect, Respect
  • Angela Brisson – The Nature Conservancy/Nature Works Everywhere
  • Renato Cataldo – Flip Teaching-Jump the First Hurdle with Blazing Speed
  • Ryan Christopoulos – STEM: Engineering the 21st Century Learner
  • Susan Curtis – Front Row: Explore Adaptive Math Lessons
  • Julia Petterson – STEM through Fairy Tales for Early Learners
  • Brandon Petersen – Creativity with Chromebooks
  • David Rock – Math is NOT a four-letter word
  • Rosanna Satterfield – PSI-PMI Demystifying Math and Science Education
  • Ken Scheel – Integrating engineering concepts with KEVA Planks
  • Erica Schmitt – Anatomy in Clay
  • Elizabeth Shutters – No More Posters and PowerPoint: Student Presentation Alternatives
  • John Stevens – Blended Forensic Science Lab Activity with “Murder at Old Fields”
  • Wayne Thomes – Building Khan Artists

Each session will have a prize raffle, and be sure to join us at the end of the day for special prizes and dessert!

There will also be time for teachers to play in the STEMosphere: an interactive expo with exhibitors including:

  • Anatomy in Clay Centers
  • Discovery Kids Puterbugs
  • The Field Museum
  • The Jane Goodall Institute
  • KEVA Planks
  • Murder at Old Fields – Forensic Science

We hope you can join us. Visit www.roycemoreschool/SFNteachers to register for workshops, or see for more information. Feel free to forward to other teachers!

McGraw YMCA MetaMedia Center Ribbon Cutting – Sat. March 21

The McGaw YMCA launches its new MetaMedia center for young people with a grand opening day of workshops and activities for the entire family.

The March 21 event event is free and open to the entire community. Ribbon cutting and dedication at 11:30 a.m.

ETHS Wildkit Engineering Camp

Click the image below to download the registration form.
2015 Summer Wildkit Engineering Camp Flyer

ETHS Engineering Information Night – Tues. Dec. 2

Evanston Township High School hosts an Engineering Information Night on Tuesday, December 2, 6:30-8:00pm in room N112. Students in grades 8-11 and their families are encouraged to attend to learn about Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses offered at ETHS; hear about college credit and scholarship opportunities available for students completing PLTW engineering courses; meet current students and see their projects; and meet ETHS engineering faculty.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of science and technology graduates in the United States. The PLTW program at ETHS integrates national academic and technical learning standards and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) principles into a comprehensive curriculum. ETHS is a certified PLTW high school, offering five pre-engineering courses that provide students with in-depth, hands-on experience and reality-based knowledge of engineering and engineering technology careers. More information is available online at
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at ETHS provides a variety of rigorous academic courses and certification programs that serve as a launching pad to college and careers. For more information, please contact the CTE office at 847-424-7660 or email CTE Department Chair Shelley Gates at