We’re excited to bring you or biggest guide to the best STEM camps in and near Chicago. There are loads of great options for elementary school students up to high school students to build and apply their science, math, technology, and engineering skills in informal, creative environments this summer. These camps help students up through high school grow valuable 21st-century skills while having fun. Your child can grow engineering expertise and observational skills, enhance critical thinking and creativity while coding apps and computer games. They can develop increased coordination while learning to pilot drones, or maybe they’ll invent the Next Big Thing.
Educators bemoan the “summer slide.” At STEM Kids Chicago, we believe in the summer soar. Summer is a great time to find new hobbies, make cool stuff, grow a garden, read, read, read, explore the outdoors, and take advantage of all that our area has to offer. We have ideas to help you explore science and technology at home, too.
You don’t need to be a Chicago or Illinois resident to take advantage of this, but you do need to be a teenager.
If you haven’t experienced the thrill guiding a canoe or kayak through the “canyons” of the Chicago River created by the skyscrapers looming on the shores you have an item to add to your bucket list. It’s not only fun, paddling in Chicago is a great way to experience city’s unique architecture, inspect the workings of the bridges, and, increasingly, appreciate the local wildlife. [Read more…]
Independence Day is just around the corner. Although we leave the real fireworks to the pros, we put that inspiration to use to create these captivating colorful suncatchers. All you need a few simple ingredients to make a fabulous DIY suncatcher or window cling! [Read more…]
This week in June is full of sensational Chicago STEM experiences–opportunities to celebrate our dads and STEM all at the same time!
We’re finishing up the National Week of Making and getting reading to buzz into National Pollinator Week. And, remember, many of Chicago’s great museums have free admission days coming up now with a few more later this summer.
Have you heard the buzz? National Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2019. Here’s how you can celebrate around Chicago.
Get to know pollinators around Chicago
Bees often come to mind when we think of pollinators, maybe because of their sweet honey. But hummingbirds, bats, small mammals and insects including beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths also pollinate flowers. Look for a list below of what to plant to attract Chicago’s pollinators. And remember, the wind can be a pollinator, too. [Read more…]
Chicago is known for its world-class museums, but a day out at one of them with the family can be a budget-buster. Happily, Illinois residents can gain free basic entry at the best museums on select days throughout the year. We’ve got this year’s list below! Chicago residents can check out free museum passes from the Chicago Public Library.
Find other free museum days as well as an awesome list of free and low-cost family-friendly STEM and STEAM programs around Chicagoland on our Event page. Join our newsletter to receive an awesome roundup of news and events twice a month.
What to do in Chicago: June STEM Fun
Summer is almost here and there’s so much to do around the city! Here’s a roundup of our favorite STEM events and Chicago summer traditions to put on your calendar. [Read more…]