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  • February 12, 2017 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CineYouth Film Challenge invites students 10-18 years old to join our one-day film camp! Participants will have one day to make a short film with their assigned team. The finished films will go on to be screened at the CineYouth Festival, May 4-6 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. The Film Challenge is Saturday, April 22 at Columbia College Chicago.

    Applications are open. Click here for complete details.

  • January 20, 2017 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many family friendly events are included in this year's Festival. See the complete schedule at the festival web site.

  • January 09, 2017 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Fermilab's 50th Anniversary web site:

    Come celebrate our 50th anniversary with us!

    1967 marked the birth of Fermilab. That year the lab hired its first employees and began operations in Illinois.

    To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are offering numerous events for the public to enjoy, to find out more about our laboratory, and to learn about the research we do to advance humankind’s understanding of energy, matter, space and time. Fermilab has an exciting history of discovery and innovation and has made important contributions to the ultimate goal of understanding how the universe works. And we have ambitious plans for new research projects in the years ahead.

    We welcome you to tour our laboratory, see our exhibits, take in a show, view our art gallery, enjoy the view from the 15th floor of Wilson Hall and ask a scientist about the universe. Our site is open to the public every day of the year, and we offer many education, arts and visitor programs for the public to enjoy.

    The highlight in 2017 will be our big Open House on Saturday, Sept. 23. We’ll post more information and registration information in the spring of 2017. We also will add additional photo galleries, a history timeline and other information to this website throughout our anniversary year, so come back and visit!

    Here are the main events we have planned for 2017:


    Colloquium: Fermilab and the Foundations of the Standard Model

    Wednsday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.
    Scientist Dan Green discusses Fermilab’s leadership in the exploration of the Standard Model throughout its 50-year history. Now exploration beyond the Standard Model is the future, with Fermilab hosting DUNE and CERN hosting the High-Luminosity LHC. This event is free.


    Concert and kickoff party

    Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Join us for a concert by Mucca Pazza at 8 p.m., preceded by a party with dessert, music, an art exhibit, Einstein, Mr. Freeze and some very cool science demos at 7 p.m. Tickets are required.


    Fermilab Colloquium: Enrico Fermi: The Pope of Physics

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 4 p.m.
    University of Pennsylvania scientist Gino Segre and writer Bettina Hoerlin discuss the incredible achievements of Fermilab’s namesake, Enrico Fermi, especially how he was shaped by history and how he, in turn, shaped history. This event is free.


    Fermilab’s Greatest Hits

    Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 8 p.m.
    Senior Fermilab scientist Chris Quigg presents Fermilab’s Greatest Hits: Highlights from the First Fifty Years. Tickets are required.


    Annual Family Open House

    Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, 1-5 p.m.
    Bring your kids to Fermilab’s annual Family Open House in Wilson Hall with hands-on activities for the entire family. Event is free and supported by Fermilab Friends for Science Education.


    PechaKucha Night Batavia

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Fermilab hosts PechaKucha Night Batavia, which is an informal and fun gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts in the PechaKucha format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each.


    Annual Wonders of Science show

    Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1 p.m.
    Watch amazing science demonstrations at our annual Wonders of Science show. Tickets are required.


    Angela Gonzales art exhibit opening reception

    Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5 p.m.
    Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson hand-picked artist Angela Gonzales to help create a visual identity for Fermilab. “A Lasting Mark: Artist Angela Gonzales at Fermilab, 1967-1998” showcases her bold, inspiring work over 31 years at the lab. The exhibit will run from June 1 to Sept. 30.


    50th Anniversary Symposium

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – by invitation only
    Fermilab invites scientists from around the world to gather and discuss the lab’s achievements and plans for the future. More information and registration page will be posted in spring 2017.


    Social Media Celebration

    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    Fermilab’s was the third website in the United States. So what better way to recognize our birthday than with an online celebration? Join us through social media to celebrate Fermilab’s 50th birthday. It was on June 15, 1967, that the lab’s first employees reported to work in an office in Illinois.


    Open House

    Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Take behind-the-scene tours of the major research facilities at Fermilab. Event is free. More information and registration page will be posted in summer 2017.

    In addition to these special events, Fermilab offers numerous tours and programs throughout the year:

    Guided and self-guided tours

    Science and education programs

    Ask a Scientist program

    Arts and lecture programs

    Nature walks and programs

    For more information and a calendar of all public events, visit


  • December 03, 2016 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help your high school teens expand their interest in aquatic science and plan for an amazing spring and summer. Applications for many of Shedd’s summer teen programs are available now!

    Teen Work Study

    Spring Club Shedd

    High School Lake Ecology

    High School Marine Biology

  • December 02, 2016 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you heard of Institute for Educational Advancement's Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship?   It is the only merit-based, need-blind high school scholarship to highly gifted students across the United States!  If your student is hoping to attend a high school beyond your local public school, this might be the scholarship for her!  Applications are due in April, but don't wait until the last minute to look into applying as there are some requirements which will take some advanced planning, such as taking the SAT.  Check it out now!  Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship: 

  • October 06, 2016 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)







    CHICAGO (October 4, 2016) - Oscar® qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival has announced the complete lineup of workshops for the 2016 Festival, which runs October 28-November 6 at Chicago's Facets Theatre, Music Box Theatre, ArcLight Cinemas, Alliance Française de Chicago, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Lake Forest's Gorton Community Center. Established in 1983, the Festival is the nation's largest for children and teens. In addition to presenting over 280 all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 44 countries, the 2016 Festival will feature 10 interactive and engaging workshops led by professional filmmakers and special guests. Registration for the Festival Workshops begin Thursday, October 6th. Participants can register at or by calling 773-281-9075 ext. 3011. 

  • October 04, 2016 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CGCC member Catherine Gruener just published a new book. Catherine also is the creator, along with her son, of the CGCC Elmhurst Book and Social Clubs.

    Check out exclusive Sneak Peak and Excerpts from Parenting Young Gifted here:

    Parenting a young gifted child can be challenging. Combining current research with hands-on examples, this book offers readers insight, understanding, clarifications, and strategies for parenting young gifted children.


    Paper Books:

  • October 04, 2016 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for some new ideas? Member and CGCC Curiosity Hacked chapter co-leader, Elaine Luther, shared some of her favorite STEM resources.

    What to listen to and watch -

    SciGirls on PBS and online

    Dragonfly TV (old show)

    Tumble podcast (listen with your kids in the car.)


    YouTube Channels:

    In a Nutshell


    SciShow Kids

    Crash Courses with John and Hank Green*  


    * Be aware of the Anatomy course!  Some parents may or may not be ready for some of this content.

    Activities and classes:

    First Lego League

    First Robotics

    Science Olympiad

    Edgewater Workshop

    The Laboratory

    Kids Science Labs

  • October 03, 2016 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This time of year is so stressful, as kids get adjusted to a new school situation and parents figure out what is expected of them by their children's teachers.  What is the one thing that causes you the most stress this time of year?  Contribute to our forum on stress!  Find the forum on the resources page of our website.  

  • September 17, 2016 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Registration for IMSA's Fall Funshops is open and space is limited! IMSA's Funshops are unique hands-on STEM learning experiences for students in grades 3-6. Register today to secure your place.

    October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

    This FUNShop will explore the amazingly complex landscape of the Central Nervous System---the brain, the spinal cord, and nerves.  Join us for hands-on exploration---it's a no brainer that your child will have fun!

    Registration closes October 6th, 2016

    Scholarship Application period ends October 1st, 2016


    Grades 3-4
    How does your brain get feedback from your body? How does your body end up responding to that feedback? Students will begin to answer these questions as they learn about the brain and neurons. They'll participate in a sensory experience collecting and analyzing data. They will also design and build a model of a neuron and create and take home a clay model of the brain.

    Grades 5-6
    The brain is the control center of the body, but how does it look and function? What substances can get to the brain and what substances are kept out?  Through an introduction to brain anatomy and physiology, students will investigate this fascinating organ. Activities include dissecting an actual sheep's brain and designing, building, & testing a blood brain barrier model.

    November 19, 2017 10 a.m. - 12 noon
    Do you believe everything you're told? In this session we will be investigating common STEM-related ideas that are widely assumed to be true, but may actually be false! Or are they, in fact, true? Join us as we put a wide array of MYTHconceptions to the scientific test.

    Registration closes: November 10th, 2016

    Scholarship application period ends: November 5th, 2016

    Grades 3-4
    Is there a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow? Does a balloon pop every time it is punctured? Learning through hands-on activities, students will explore these ideas from a scientific and testable perspective.

    Grades 5-6
    What really happens when pop rocks mix with soda? Is there a geometric challenge that can never be solved? Through experimentation, data collection, and analysis, students will search for the answers to these intriguing questions.

    Click here for complete details.

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