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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

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What is it like to be a SUPERGIRL with x-ray vision?
    Presenter: Christina Lozano, Adjunct Faculty of Medical Imaging, CLC

    In the world of Diagnostic Imaging, technology has made it easier and faster for doctors to diagnose their patients. Come to the Medical Imaging Lab and get a chance to perform an x-ray exam (on one of our phantoms) and take the x-ray home with you. Use your new found superpowers to figure out what is in the mystery box.
  • 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!
  • Hijinks with Dental Hygiene
    Presenter: Jan Salvadorini, Lab. Coordinator in Dental Hygiene, CLC

    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.
  • 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.
  • Secrets of the Sun
    Presenter: Eric Priest (Faculty) and Paul Hamill (Adjunct Faculty), Earth Science, CLC

    Look at live views of the sun and help identify sunspots, flares, coronal mass ejections and the aurora.
  • 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.
  • Internet of Things
    Presenter: Michelle Leonard, Faculty of Electronics Technology, CLC

    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.
  • “Mean" Girls, Statistically Speaking
    Presenter: Natalia Casper, Faculty of Mathematics, CLC

    An interactive introduction to hypothesis testing about the mean that can relate to science or business.
  • Engineer a Mechanical Hand
    Presenter: Jan Edwards, Instructor Engineering Transfer, CLC

    Explore the elements of design required to get a working prosthetic hand from a 3D printer. Learn how to test material strength to ensure performance. Then create your own prototype.
  • Taking Over Your Free Will
    Presenter: Dr.Branko Jablanovic, Instructor Biology, CLC

    Conduct an experiment to take over the free will from your friend. Uncover the source of power and beauty of the human body.
  • The things you never knew living things could do
    Presenter: Dr.Cindy Trombino, Instructor Biology, CLC

    Learn about flatworms that regenerate, fungi used in wound healing, the effect of caffeine on spider’s webs, garden plants used as antibiotics, how a sugar effects roundworm movement, and more. CLC students will be present to discuss their research too.
  • 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!