What’s happening this month around town when it comes to STEM and STEAM fun? Birds, butterflies, and more!
August STEM Fun in Chicago
STEM Summer Camps are still running and you may even be able to negotiate a last-minute deal if you find a spot.
It’s full STEAM for the Full Moon Jam, Chicago’s free fire-spinning drum-beating festival of our giant nightlight.
The 2019 Chicago SouthSide Mini Maker Faire will take place on August 3. Ad the Icebox Derby is that day, too!
It’s peak hummingbird season in Chicago as the tiny ruby-throated birds spend the summer around the region! Plan to attend a Hummingbird Fest at a local nature preserve. (See our events calendar for details.) A trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden may be in order. Rumor has it the birds like to flutter around there. Take a quiz to test your knowledge on these tiny birds. At the very least, take a virtual visit to the CBG website to learn what to plant in your garden to attract these delightful birds.
It’s fun to watch the Icebox Derby, a Chicago tradition in which teams of young women ages 13-18 put their solar-powered fridge cars to the test in a head-to-head race at Daley Plaza for a chance to take home the STEM Cup.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is always a mid-August hit. (You might want to bring earplugs).
Head to the national park of your choice, like the Indiana Dunes National Park, for free entrance on August 25 to celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service!
Download tickets to your top local (or national) pick for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Museum Day in September.
Hummingbirds aren’t the only flying critter we celebrate this month. Keep an eye out for the Monarch Festival and Monarchpalooza, where you can get up close and personal seeing monarchs in all stages of their lives, from egg to butterfly. Tag and release butterflies on the hour, weather permitting. Have fun while contributing to a greater understanding of monarch biology and conservation for an international program, the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.