There’s a chill in the air. Jack Frost has relocated to Chicago and will soon be nipping at our noses. That means winter break is just around the corner. While a change from the everyday routine can be nice, it’s still important to keep kids active and busy. We’ve partnered with several of Chicago’s leading STEM education providers to bring you a directory of science and technology-themed winter break camps that will keep your kids engaged and happy while teaching them cutting-edge skills, like coding (computer programming), 3D modeling, and real-world construction!
There’s a lot you and your kids can create in your own home with basic supplies, like cardboard, scissors and tape, or even wood, hand tools, and screws or nails. But there’s no substitute for a 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machine, or vinyl cutter. However, that equipment comes at a cost–we’re talking hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase, not to mention maintain it. And who will train you? We’re fortunate that there are many library makerspaces near Chicago to fill in the gap. Many are open to a wide range of visitors, meaning that you don’t need to live in that town to use the equipment, you simply need to register your card there. [Read more…]
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is coming back to town. It’s been fun to see this family-friendly festival of play grow over the years. From its humble roots in a convention center in Schaumburg, it seems to grow larger with each new year at Navy Pier. The 2019 Chicago Toy and Game Fair, also known as ChiTag, will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 10 to 6 and Sunday, November 24 from 10 to 5. [Read more…]
It’s November and your STEM-loving family is looking for cool things to do around Chicago. We’ve got this for you. Check out our top picks for STEM and STEAM fun around Chicagoland, as well as a bit of timely inspiration for science fun at home.
Halloween is just around the corner. Don’t miss this easy, not-so-spooky dancing ghost experiment.
October 31st is also the last day to register a team for the Future City. Have you ever stopped to wonder what cities will look like in the future? Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. Don’t miss our list of other great STEM Competitions for middle and high school students! [Read more…]
Temperatures are slowly and steadily dropping. Take your mind off winter’s encroaching by checking out these fabulous October STEM adventures in Chicago.
Whether you want to go on a nature walk or tour great buildings, celebrate the harvest or the build coding skills, we’ve got exciting STEM events in Chicago for you!
Fall is the time of year when many people think about heading outdoors and enjoying the beauties of nature. If this describes you, don’t miss the Harvest Festival at North Park Village Nature Center. Build a scarecrow, create beautiful nature crafts and enjoy nature-themed storytelling! While checking out the farmer’s market, enjoy live music and seasonal refreshments. Take a tour on the many trails and check out fall’s natural beauty. [Read more…]
Fall is here and with it comes a great opportunity to celebrate awesome October STEM activities in Chicago.
October in Chicago. The temperatures are dropping, rain is falling, and the tourists have cleared out of town. That means it’s the perfect time to hit up our internationally recognized museums. There are plenty of free museum days for Illinois residents this month. We’ve got a few other ideas for STEM fun in and around Chicago, too. [Read more…]