STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


About STEM Day

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 hands-on science, technology, engineering and math sessions
  • Informative career advice from successful women and men scientists and engineers
  • Presentations on lasers, medical technology, engineering, ecology, sustainability and more
  • Science Exploratorium in partnership with NOVA Making Stuff for even more experiments
  • Free light lunch

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.

Schedule for Girls

  • 9-9:30 a.m. Check-In – Main Lobby
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. Welcome (both participants and parents are invited) – Room A162
  • 10-11 a.m. Hands-On Workshops – Session 1
  • 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Hands-On Workshops – Session 2
  • 12:10-1:10 p.m. Lunch and Learn – STEM in the workplace. A panel of industry professionals share their perspective. – Room A162
  • 1:20-2:20 p.m. Hands-On Workshops – Session 3
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Innovations in the World of STEM – A dynamic presentation – Room A162
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. Closing remarks – Room A162

Hands-On Workshops

Select the three that interest you most!

  • "Health Care Technology: Nursing and Surgical Technology" (Health Care)
    with Becky Hawarny and Soheila Kayoud
    Experience hospital-like settings and assess the Human Patient Simulator manikins for pulse, respirations and listen with stethoscopes to hear normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds. Various medical situations will be presented where students will have a chance to "think like a nurse" as they try to determine how to provide the best care.
  • "Engineering Your Future" (Engineering)
    with Engineering Students
    Learn about Engineering as a career through the eyes of current students. Explore the basic principles of the design process and test your prototypes.
  • "The EMT: First to Care, Not to Fear" (Emergency Medical Technician)
    with Carol T. Wismer
    Get a better understanding of what the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) does during an emergency situation. Try your hand at assessing patients, splinting and bandaging injuries and taking vital signs.
  • "Sustainability: From Farm to Table" (Horticulture)
    with Gianna Fazioli
    One of the truly empowering aspects of agriculture is being able to grow and produce your own food. Learn about food dehydration and create your own snacks as you discover what sustainability means today.
  • "Shrinking Materials Down to Nano size!" (Nanotechnology)
    Did you know gold can be purple? That carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any known material? Come explore what a difference it makes to shrink down to Nano size.
  • "The Power of Light" (Lasers/Photonics)
    with Amy Jo Pappa
    Participate in a hands-on demonstration using a laser system to etch or vaporize the surface of various materials. Get insight into careers in the laser industry as well.
  • "Exploratorium" (Hands-on activities)
    Interested in performing one cool experiment after another? Explore the NOVA "Making More Stuff" stations to learn how engineering materials are making stuff faster, wilder, colder and safer. Then see just how much science is lurking around your own house.


Carol T. Wismer is a biology instructor and EMT program chair at the College of Lake County who is involved with Emergency Medical Technician education.

Gianna Fazioli is the Local Foods Coordinator at College of Lake County and an adjunct faculty in the Horticulture Department. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture. She has experience working on local and international sustainable farms as well as facilitating and teaching environmental education to youth groups.

Becky Hawarny MSN, RN has practiced as a registered nurse for over 25 years in medical/surgical, oncology and high risk pregnancy settings. The highlight of her career was participating in the care of a patient who safely delivered healthy quintuplets. She has worked in Nursing Education for seven years and specializes in nursing simulation which focuses on using human patient simulators in a hospital like settings to provide realistic nursing learning situations in a safe environment. She enjoys working with CLC nursing students in the Nursing Simulation Lab.

Soheila Kayoud M/LS, CST Soheila has been a certified surgical technologist for many years. She is now a full-time faculty member and department chair for the College of Lake County's Surgical Technology program.

To register for the conference, visit the registration page. Pre-registration is required!

Grayslake Campus
Main Lobby just off the A wing
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
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Check in will take place in the Main Lobby (between A and B wings). Greeters will meet girls at the entrance to get them checked in and direct them to Room A162.


If you will be dropped off, please come to the main doors (M1A and M1B) off of Sunpivot Circle.


If you will be driving, please park in lot 4. You can access this parking lot by taking Brae Loch Road to Lancer Lane to College Drive.

For additional information, contact Jose Velarde at (847) 543-2602 or email In the event you need to cancel, please send an email to open sessions for those on the waiting list.

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


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