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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.


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 Girls

Discover Amazing Opportunities

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


Registration will open on Feb. 1, 2017.


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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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


Select three workshops that interest you the most.

  • “Infrared Astronomy: More than Your Eyes Can See,” Marcella Linaham and Lynne F. Zielinski

    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 cell phone and more.

  • “Simulated Nursing Technology: How Nurses Learn and Nobody Gets Hurt!” Becky Hawarny

    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!

  • “Forensic Nursing,” Chenel Vanden Berk, J.D., R.N.

    Are you a fan of crime shows like "CSI?"  Come take a look at how forensics is used in nursing to help the police solve crimes! You will get to interview a crime victim and collect evidence in a simulated forensic nursing scenario.

  • “Hijinks with Dental Hygiene,” Jan Salvadorini

    Enter the world of dental hygiene technology and participate in hands-on demonstrations on The Power of Fluoride, Floss is Boss, Acid Attacks and hand washing with GloGerms.

  • “Surgical Technology,” Soheila Kayoud

    Girls participating in the surgical technology lab will experience an operating room-like setting where they will have an opportunity to “think like a surgical technologist.” Hand washing techniques, surgical instruments, and actual hospital/operating room equipment will be demonstrated during this activity.

  • “Internet of Things,” Michelle Leonard

    Hold on tight for the next disruptive technology. The Internet of Things will connect everything you can think of – cars, paintings, swimming pools even babies! See how 5G smart phones, sensors and embedded software will change the world as we know it.

  • “Shrinking Materials Down to Nano Size!” Ana Mazilu

    Did you know gold can be purple? That carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any known material? Explore what a difference it makes to shrink down to Nano size.

  • “Light and Lasers: Balloons, Music and Engraving,” Bill Kellerhaus

    Participate in a hands-on demonstration using a laser system to etch or vaporize the surface of various materials. Gain insight into careers in the laser industry.

  • “Water Chemistry and Water Pollution Lab,” Michele McCormick

    Water is essential for life and needs to be protected. Come explore factors that affect water pollution through both hands-on chemical tests and a computer modeling simulation. Learn where your water comes from, how it is treated for reuse and what habits we can develop to take care of this precious and increasingly scarce resource.

  • “Make a Lava Lamp,” Renee Wolf

    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.

  • “Understanding Our Great Planet,” Ryan Cumpston

    Ever wonder how to tell if a fossil is real or a fake? Interested in identifying gemstones, minerals and different types of rocks? Learn about geology, the vital role women scientists have in the field and the future that awaits you with fun hands-on activities including cracking open a real geode that you get to take home and keep.

  • “Secrets of the Sun, ” Paul Hamill and Eric Priest

    Look at live views of the sun and help identify sunspots, flares, coronal mass ejections and the aurora.

  • “Robotics and Engineering,”  Margie Porter


  • 8:45-9:15 a.m. – Check In 
    (C Wing entrance)
  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. – Welcome
  • 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
    (Lancers Cafe)
  • 1:20-2:20 p.m. – Hands-On Workshops
    (Session 3)
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Raffle


Becky Hawarny has been a nurse for over 30 years. She has worked with patients of all ages, and now teaches nursing students of all ages at CLC, where she oversees the Nursing Simulation Technology Center.

Soheila Kayoud M/LS, CST is the program director and full-time faculty for the CLC Surgical Technology program. She is a Certified Surgical Technologist and has been with the college for 13 years.

Michelle Leonard is a CLC instructor who teaches electrical and network engineering technologies. She earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a master's of engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her industry experience includes working as an electrical engineer in manufacturing and research environments. She is active in professional engineering organizations such as IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Marcella Linahan teaches astronomy, physics and biology at Carmel Catholic High School. For the past four years, she has guided students in astronomy research from detecting young stellar objects to finding evidence for black holes. This research has been presented at the annual American Astronomical Society meeting. She is a SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador.

Michele McCormick has taught high school science courses in Hawaii and spent a field season in Barrow, Alaska, tracking threatened arctic sea duck (the Steller's Eider) populations, and has researched coral settlement cues in Guam. She teaches biology at CLC and is a freelance science content writer for various educational publishers.

Jan Salvadorini has been working in dentistry for more than 22 years. She serves as clinical coordinator for the CLC Dental Hygiene program, where she combines her experience in dentistry and her love of education.

Chenel Vanden Berk, J.D., R.N. is a forensic nurse at Condell Medical Center. She is a CLC nursing graduate who also received her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Forensic nursing allows her to combine her love of science, medicine and passion for the law.

Renee Wolff, an CLC adjunct professor in the Biological and Health Sciences division, has taught BIO 123 Principles of Biology for 15 years.

Lynne F. Zielinski is a retired high school physics, astronomy, and space science teacher from Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Ill. She has been engaging students in STEM and NASA programs since 1987, overseeing more than 60 nationally placed student project winners. GADGET, a student organization established by Zielinski, has flown experiments on six Space Shuttle missions, nine sub-orbital NASA rockets, and a host of other NASA programs. She is a SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador and holds a master's degree in physics.