Welcome to the resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and once in a while, Art for STEAM) activities in Chicagoland for tweens, teens, and their families. STEM Kids Chicago is the local companion site to The Maker Mom, a site dedicated to helping parents raise awesome STEM-loving kids.
We’re just getting started here. Soon, STEM Kids Chicago will provide information on party venues, schools, and more, like discounts.
If you have an event you want us to consider adding to our event guide, click here for submission guidelines.
Work with us
In addition to sponsoring our popular guides, we work with organizations to host influencer events, create engaging sponsored posts (here and on The Maker Mom), speak at your parent event or enhance your staff STEM training. Click to read the many ways The Maker Mom has worked with a wide range of clients to boost their PR and marketing efforts.
To learn more about advertising, sponsored posts, events, product reviews, or consulting services, drop us a note at TheMakerMom (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Years ago, founder and publisher Kim Moldofsky (The Maker Mom) traded dolphin training for potty training. She’s currently mom to a computer programmer and a roboticist, both of whom are in high school. She’s also “mom” to an energetic pup named Tesla. Kim reveals her top STEM gift picks each year in a holiday shopping segment Chicago’s own WGN Morning News. You can read more about her here.
Brandie Langer lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband where she is a stay-at-home-mom to three and homeschooling her youngest. Even though they do work at home, Brandie tries her best to incorporate STEM into their curriculum and is constantly on the lookout for fun ways to learn at home! In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, photography, and reading. Occasionally she writes on her blog, Journey of 1000 Stitches, but you’re much more likely to see what she’s up to on Instagram where she tries to keep things real. You might notice a messy kitchen in the background or that she’s still in pajamas at noon as she navigates life with her family while dealing with chronic illness.
Aaron McKay is a Chef/consultant based in Logan Square, Chicago. With stints in the kitchens at Schwa, NoMI, and Mercat a la Planxa, in addition to working for many corporate clients including Hyatt Hotels, Kraft Heinz, and Cards Against Humanity, he has been a hospitality professional in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Aaron is passionate about his role with Esperanza Community Services, currently as Vice Chairman of the board of directors. He and his wife Laura have two amazing daughters who enjoy camping, dancing, and programming robots together.
Melanie Myatt is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Meanwhile, she navigates life in the city while raising her four kids. Since her STEM education was sadly lacking, she does everything she can to make sure her kids have access to a wide variety of opportunities, both in and out of school. You can read more about her life at home and with her kids at her blog, tales from the crib.
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