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  • August 29, 2017 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Fall Science Adventures classes are open for registration on the Fermilab website:
    Register for many favorite classes, such as:

    October 14, 2017 – Nature’s Energy for grades 5–8
    October 21, 2017 – Spiders, Spinners of Silk for grades K–2
    November 4, 2017 – What Makes You So Special? for grades 3–5
    November 11, 2017 – Playing with Your Food for grades 1–3
    December 9, 2017 – CSI: Careful Scientific Investigations for grades 3–5
    For teachers, parent volunteers and library staff

    October 4, 2017 – STEM Family Night Planning Workshop for grades K–8
    Gain knowledge about many free resources to help you plan your own school or library Family STEM Night. Become qualified to borrow the Fermilab Hands-on Science equipment. 

  • July 20, 2017 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the NASA Education Express Message -- July 20, 2017 email newsletter (sign up at . . .

    “Houston, We Have a Podcast” is a new weekly audio show from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The podcast, hosted by Gary Jordan as he talks with various guests, is designed to highlight a variety of topics covering the work of Johnson, NASA’s “home of human spaceflight.”

    In the first episode, released on July 7, 2017, NASA public affairs officer Dan Huot provides a high-level overview of the International Space Station: what it is, how it works, and why it’s there. New episodes will be released each Friday; upcoming topics include space food, human research in space, mission control and communications. Personal stories of human spaceflight, from living on the space station to understanding what it may be like to walk on Mars, will come from the Astronaut Candidates of 2017, International Space Station astronauts, and scientists and engineers from around the center.

    Timed at an average of 45 to 50 minutes, episodes of “Houston, We Have a Podcast” will be released on iTunes, SoundCloud and Questions may be asked using the hashtags #askNASA and #HWHAP on various NASA accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    A live podcast episode from space with astronaut Jack Fischer is planned Aug. 10, 2017, on NASA TV, Facebook, YouTube, UStream and other platforms. Live audience viewers will be able to ask questions via Facebook and YouTube. The recorded podcast episode will be released Friday of the following week.

    To download episodes of “Houston, We Have a Podcast,” visit .

    Episodes also may be found on SoundCloud at

    Episodes of the podcast will soon be available on iTunes and other platforms.

    Please direct questions about this podcast series to Gary Jordan at

  • July 15, 2017 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kids can’t do that!  There’s something kids hear all too often, but citizen science is something they CAN do!

    According to SciStarters, a matching site for volunteers and scientific research, "A citizen scientist is an individual who voluntarily contributes his or her time, effort, and resources toward scientific research in collaboration with professional scientists or alone. These individuals don’t necessarily have a formal science background.”

    Here’s a project you can do at home just by collecting microbes from your showered and mailing them to a scientists:

    Hear an interview with the scientist behind this project, on Tumble, a science podcast for kids!

    That’s where I heard about it first and it’s a terrific show!  Find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Want more citizen science?  The SciStarter website has a terrific search function to help you find an experiment to be a part of, and you can filter your search by age group.

    I found out about SciStarter from SciGirls, a PBS show where you can see see real tween and teen girls doing citizen science and download activity guides .

    Heres the SciGrils website for parents:

    and the site for kids: where you can watch episodes, play games or find activities.  

    Want to get your hands dirty right away?  Check out our program Curiosity Hacked, which will be focusing on building supportive habitats for native species and citizen science this year.  We have a two Meet & Greet events: August 3 and August 12. Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year will take place at the end of summer.

  • July 02, 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Message from the Midwest Torrance Center For Creativity

    Students are cordially invited to participate in the International Torrance Creativity Awards for 2017 in the four areas, creative writing, visual arts, music composition, and inventions.  The competition is for students ages 8-18, and the deadline for submissions is August 21.  Please see our flyer for more information (click here).

    The competition is judged by outstanding individuals who are experts in their areas.  The judges in past years have commented on the exceptional qualities of submissions, such as the beauty, creativity, originality, and imagination.  We warmly encourage students to participate in as many areas as they like.

    We keenly look forward to having you consider the possibility of submitting or encouraging a child to submit.  It is a privilege to receive material of such creativity and originality.  If you would like to see last year's magazine, it is available on our website (click here).

    Very sincerely,

    Joan Franklin Smutny, Director

    International Torrance Creativity Awards

    The Center for Gifted / Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity

  • June 22, 2017 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    International Museum of Surgical Science


    Summer STEM Sessions

    The Human Body and Space

    Sponsored in part by NASA

    Tuesday & Wednesday, July 25th and 26th

    Tuesday & Wednesday, August 1st and 2nd

    8:30am - 12:00pm Daily


    5th, 6th & 7th Grade Students


    $10 per session or $30 for all four sessions


    Find the application and more information here!

    *Space is limited to the first 20 applicants per session

  • June 10, 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) holds an annual conference every summer somewhere in the US.  This year the conference will be in Illinois!  They will be in Naperville at the Marriott Hotel from August 3 - 6, 2017! For more details, see their web page:  SENG Conference.

    Are you interested in helping SENG by volunteering at this summer's annual conference? 

    There are two separate opportunities. 


    SENG is looking for about 20 people to work as Speaker Ambassadors for one day and in exchange is offering a reduced attendance fee for the conference.  To learn more about this opportunity, see this SENG Volunteer letter. If you are interested, please complete this Agreement Form, attach it to an email and send to me at 


    SENG is looking for a few volunteers to assist with their Children's Program. In exchange, the volunteer may enroll his or her children in the program at no cost and will receive a museum pass for the Field Museum. Learn more about the Children's Program. If you are interested, please respond to this email and I will provide you with more details. Please note that Children's Program volunteers will need to be vetted through the Illinois State Police.  

    Please respond promptly in order to take advantage of these opportunities!  I look forward to seeing you all there!  

  • May 29, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    $15 Student tickets are available on select Chicago Symphony Orchestra, SCP Piano, MusicNOW series concerts and more. Purchase tickets in advance online! Students may also purchase walk-up tickets for $20 at the Box Office on concert days.

    There is a $5 handling fee per ticket. A valid Student ID is required for each ticket purchase.


    Upcoming concerts with Student Ticket availability:

    See CSO web site for complete details.

  • May 16, 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From IMSA Email:

    Time is running out to register for IMSA Summer programs! We have a great line-up of fun and engaging STEM programs---don't miss out!

    Registration closes May 31! 

    Click here for our full line-up!

    There is space in the following programs:

    Grades 3-4

    Chemapalooza (6/19 - 6/23)

    STEMvironment (7/17 - 7/21)

    Grades 5-6

    MYTHconeptions (7/24 - 7/28)

    Grades 7-8

    MicroSTEM (7/10 - 7/14)

    MicroSTEM (7/17 - 7/21)

    Grades 8-9 (Residential)

    Extreme Math & Science @ IMSA -

    GIRLS ONLY - (6/25 - 6/30)

    Due to our registration platform, some of these programs may indicate there is a waitlist (even though there are spots available). 

    We will contact you via email on a first-come-first-serve basis to process your full registration.

  • April 13, 2017 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd

    Various Locations: 
    Harold Washington Library
    Columbia College Chicago
    See for details

    The ChiTeen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. The Fest seeks to bring together young people from across Chicago and celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Nate Marshall, the award-winning poet and author of Wild Hundreds (2015), will headline the festival with Tara Mahadevan, Eric May, Megan Stielstra, and The Sun Bros.

    This is a teens only event, for ages 13–19 years old.

    Click here for complete details.

  • April 11, 2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lyric’s Youth Opera Council is seeking new members for the 2017/18 opera season!

    Apply to the Youth Opera Council (YOC) and join other high school students who are passionate about opera and the performing arts.


    YOC members have amazing experiences:

    • Meet Lyric Opera artists — from singers to orchestra members
    • Explore behind the scenes with Lyric staff members
    • Plan and attend events/programs for fellow high school students
    • Experience fabulous Lyric productions!

    Does the Youth Opera Council sound perfect for you?



    Apply for the 2017/18 Council by Monday, May 1.


    All applicants must be in high school during the 2017/18 school year and be able to commit to evening meetings at Lyric Opera of Chicago twice a month.

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