STEM Events in Chicago January 17-19, 2015

There’s a three-day weekend coming up and Robot City Workshop in Chicago might have just the thing to keep your young roboticists busy on the 19th. Although the STEM, or even STEAM connection might not be too strong, families may also want to check out the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival running at venues around town from January 14 – […]

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The Weekend of January 10, 2015

Whether you’re in Chicago or the suburbs there are some fun ways to get your STEM and STEAM on this weekend. These all sounds pretty fun, but I’m partial to the North Shore’s first VEX tournament! I’m excited to see Niles North taking the lead in bringing VEX robotics to the area and not just because there’s finally a tournament […]

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Best STEM Gifts for Kids 2014


Look for me, Kim Moldofsky, founder of STEM Kids Chicago and The Maker Mom blog on Chicago’s WGN Morning News this Friday, November 28 at around 8:40 AM Central Time as I share my top picks for this year’s top STEM and tech toys for tweens and teens. No worries if you miss the actual segment. I’ll post a recap […]

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Scratch Day Chicago

Join in for a Scratch Day Chicago celebration this weekend, May 17 at West Ridge School on Chicago’s North Side. It’s ideal for tweens who want to learn to code as well as teens that are already proficient Scratchers. Parents are welcome, too. Read more on The Maker Mom blog.

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Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development Conference for Gifted Kids and Families

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) is gearing up for their annual conference for gifted kids and their parents, Opportunities for the Future. The conference takes place on Saturday, June 28 at their Evanston campus includes tracks a for parents as well as for kids in different age tracks. Gifted Kids and Families. Parents are welcome to attend (with […]

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MATE ROV Competition in Chicago April 26, 2014


The Marine Advanced Technology Education Remote Operated Vehicle (MATE ROV, for short) Midwest competition will take place this weekend, April 26. It’s one of 22 regional competitions taking place around the world. Students from upper elementary through college level, as well as community organizations compete in MATE ROV. This year’s challenge focuses on exploring shipwrecks, sinkholes and conservation in the […]

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USA Science and Engineering Festival – Chicagoland

Did you know that this Saturday, April 26, there will be a HUGE Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC? Oakton Community College is hosting a smaller Chicagoland version of the festival at their Des Plaines Campus. It promises to be family-friendly but, I’m not seeing a whole lot of family-friendly content on the flyer.  with an expo area that will […]

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Tech Savvy for Girls Coming to Chicago on May 10


Th AAUW, American Association of University Women, offered a program for girls called Tech Savvy and it’s coming to Chicago on May 10. 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. The programs also have a parent component that keeps families in the […]

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2014 Chicago Northside Mini-Maker Faire


Save the date! The Chicago Northside Mini-Maker Faire is coming on May 3, 2014! It will be held once again at Schurz High School at 3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue from 10 – 4. Admission is free, but they do ask for a donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child. The event gets more popular each year, so reserve […]

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Robocode Chicago 2014 on March 15


Late last year I wrote about Code Phreaks, the latest iteration of a youth computer programming clubhouse. The group currently meets at the Northtown Branch of the Chicago Public Library on Saturdays from 10 – Noon. After hosting a successful retro gaming tournament over winter break, the group is now hosting their second competition, Robocode Chicago 2014. In Robocode, kids […]

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