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STEM for Girls

Discover Amazing Opportunities

Saturday, February 24, 2018
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grayslake Campus
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Register (Pre-Registration Required)


If you will be dropped off, please enter at the A Wing entrance.


Please park in lot 4 or 5 closest to the A Wing. You can access this parking lot by taking Brae Loch Road to Lancer Lane to College Drive. This is closest to the CLC entrance at Brae Loch Road and Route 45 entrance.
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For more information, contact the Interim Associate Dean of Biological and Health Sciences division at (847) 543-2394 or If you need to cancel, please send an email so we can open sessions for those on the waiting list.

STEM is sponsored by the College of Lake County and supported by a Perkins Postsecondary Grant.

STEM for Parents!

Attend STEM for Parents to participate in a workshop designed just for you. Learn how to encourage your daughter now and experience hands-on activities that you can repeat at home. Stay and learn about STEM programs at CLC, scholarship opportunities and more.

STEM Day is a free event for girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in STEM programs (Science - Technology - Engineering - Math). It is designed for school groups, scout groups, youth groups and individual girls.

The overall vision of STEM is to motivate middle school and high school girls interested in STEM careers to become innovative and creative thinkers and to pursue careers in this area by introducing them to college life at CLC through a series of hands-on activities and inspiring presentations.


  • Fun and hands-on science, technology, engineering and math sessions
  • Informative career advice from successful scientists and engineers
  • Presentations on chemistry, biology, lasers, medical and surgical technology, engineering, robotics and more
  • Free light lunch


  • 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. – Check In (Room A013)
  • 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. – Welcome (Room A011)
  • 10-11 a.m. – Hands-On Workshops (Session 1)
  • 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – Hands-On Workshops (Session 2)
  • 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. – Lunch and Learn: STEM In the Workplace (Willow Café)
  • 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. – Hands-On Workshops (Session 3)
  • 2:30 - 3 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Raffle (Room A011)


Select three workshops that interest you the most.

  • Enhancing Human Health and Performance though Exercise Science!
    Presenter: Dr. Frank Ardito, Instructor of Health and Wellness Promotion, CLC

    This highly interactive session will introduce you to very cool technology designed to enhance health and human performance.  Watch engaging presentations and try out some of the latest and greatest equipment, including goniometry (for motion), dynamometry (for strength), sphygmomanometry (for vital signs), other technology to assess muscle power, reaction time, and more.  If you are considering a career working with people in ANY science discipline, this one is not to be missed!

  • Magic Materials: Plastics and Polymers Presenter: Dr. Tara Simmons, Instructor of Chemistry, CLC
    Polymers make up much of the modern world: from nylon for stockings to foam for furniture cushions. Learn about these amazing materials by making a polymer and observing the properties of some unique materials.

  • X-Rays: More than Just a Picture
    Presenter: Christina Lozano, Adjunct Faculty of Medical Imaging, CLC

    Technology and Art come together in the field of Diagnostic Imaging. In the Medical Imaging program, students learn not only about the biology of the human body, but also the physics behind an X-ray. Come and maneuver the imaging equipment and take an x-ray of one of our patients (phantoms with bones) and keep your x-ray as a keepsake. How do different things look on an x-ray? Check out our mystery box filled with an assortment of items and see if you can identify them.

  • Simulated Nursing Technology: How Nurses Learn and Nobody Gets Hurt!
    Presenter: Becky Hawarny, Faculty of Nursing, CLC

    Learn how nursing simulation helps students learn in a practice hospital setting, with realistic manikin patients and actual hospital equipment so no one gets hurt!

  • Smile Science with Dental Hygiene
    Presenter: Danielle Thompson, Dental Hygiene, CLC

    Join us to take part in hands on experiments and demonstrations designed to explore the science behind your smile and how dental hygienists can help protect it. Activities include The Power of Fluoride, Floss is Boss, Acid Attack, and a simulated contamination and hand washing activity using GloGerms.

  • Make a Lava Lamp
    Presenter: Renee Wolf, Adjunct Faculty of Biology, CLC

    A lava lamp works because of two different scientific principles, density and polarity. Learn how to make one with this fun science experiment using simple household items while exploring scientific principles.

  • How to Interpret Weather Maps
    Presenter: Eric Priest (Faculty) and Paul Hamill (Adjunct Faculty), Earth Science, CLC

    Have you ever wondered what all those symbols and colors mean on weather maps? Learn how to understand satellite and radar imagery, decode weather symbols, and analyze your own weather map!

  • Light and Lasers: Balloons, Music and Engraving
    Presenter: Bill Kellerhals, Instructor of Photonics, CLC

    Explore the nature of Light and participate in hands-on demonstrations using lasers to investigate objects, transmit information, and vaporize the surface of various materials. Gain insight into careers supporting the mission to send astronauts to Mars.

  • What is 5G and how will it make my life better?
    Presenter: Michelle Leonard, Faculty of Electronics Technology, CLC

    Sorry, (not sorry) about another disruptive technology. Learn about how 5G smart phones, sensors and embedded software will enable things like driverless cars and the Internet of Things and change the world as we know it.

  • Roll the dice, take a chance on Statistics
    Presenter: Natalia Casper, Faculty of Mathematics, CLC

     The session will include a hands-on activity looking at the Central Limit Theorem using dice, as well as an overview of a career of a Statistician.

  • Cat got your tongue or maybe even more in common
    Presenter: Dr.Branko Jablanovic, Instructor Biology, CLC

    Learn the similarities and differences of the digestive systems in living people and in dissected cats. Interested students will get a full guided tour on the digestive organs of prosected (previously dissected) cats.

  • Write your first Java program!
    Presenter: Scott Reed, Computer Science, CLC
    "Is the monster near?" No!; Keep asking, "Is the Monster near?" until Yes! Then shout, "RUN AWAY!" :-) Learn computer programming while hunting monsters.

  • Want to Fly? Rockets, NASA and Creativity
    Presenter: Michelle Proctor, Education department chair at CLC and a participant in the 2017 and 2018 NASA MEI Institute
    In this engineering challenge, future scientists and leaders will explore the dynamics of rocket designs, create a foam rocket based on their ideas and test their creations. We will challenge each other to think outside the box from what has been done to what could be as we fly our rockets for speed and distance. We will blow up the notion that rockets/engineering are a male field and talk about how creativity and intelligence work together!

  • Functional Jewelry from 3D Printing + Computer Aided Design
    Presenter: Dr. Tina Ye, Instructor CAD/CAM, CLC
    Explore design principles and create jewelry that is as useful as it is beautiful and fun. Work with 3D printing and computer aided design (also known as CAD). Learn the creative process!

  • Infrared Astronomy: More than Your Eyes Can See
    Presenters: Marcella Linahan, Astronomy and Biology teacher at Carmel Catholic High School; and Lynne Zielinski, Physics, Astronomy, and Space Science teacher from Glenbrook North High School (retired)
    Learn how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared. Build your own infrared detector and “listen to light.” Learn how to use infrared light to power your cellphone and more.

  • Robotics
    Presenters: CLC Students in Engineering/Robotics Club
    Get introduced to robotics concepts while working with LEGO Mindstorms. Create and command robots that do what you want.