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STEM for Girls

Discover Amazing Opportunities

Saturday, February 23, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Register (Pre-Registration Required)

Registration will open on Jan. 25, 2019.


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 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, lasers, medical imaging and surgical technology, engineering, 3D printing, astronomy 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 45 min. 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!

  • Homemade Ink and Secret Messages
    Presenter: Dr. Tara Simmons, Instructor of Chemistry, CLC

    How did people get ink before you could buy it at the store? How did they write invisible messages? Try it for yourself and make your own secret messages.

  • Solving Mysteries: One Photo at a Time
    Presenter: Christina Lozano, Adjunct Faculty of Medical Imaging, CLC

    Do you like a mystery? Come to our x-ray laboratory and conduct an investigation of your own. You will take and look at x-rays to reveal clues to your quest. Can you solve the mystery?

  • 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!

  • 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 well can you handle a little Friction?
    Presenter: Soraya Kraszczyk, Patrick Brutto and Jacob Hassing, Chicago STLE

    Have you ever wondered how different substances alter friction? With the use of an infrared thermometer and common household substances, you can distinguish the best coolant or lubricant. If you are not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this session is for you.

  • Light and Lasers: Waves, Particles, Communications and Marking
    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 a wide range of careers enabling autonomous vehicles and the Mission to Mars.

  • Paper Circuit Designs for Someone You Love
    Presenter: Michelle Leonard, Faculty of Electronics Technology, CLC

    Come make a light up greeting card for someone you love, or a fun light up origami jumping frog for yourself.

  • Roll the dice, take a chance on Statistics
    Presenter: Mark Beintema, Math Faculty, CLC and Azar Khosravani, Professor of Mathematics at Columbia College Chicago

    Explore statistics with dice and other hands on activities. Learn more about the careers where the probability is high that you will use statistics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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