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February is filled with engineering opportunities at CLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 16, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) is committed to supporting, providing and spreading career and technical education (CTE). To aid that mission, the college celebrates CTE Month and National Engineers Week during February with a series of events for everyone, from our future engineers in elementary school to adults looking to start a new career. Check out some of the events below. 

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Plan Your Future in Engineering 

On Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. there will be an information session aimed at students and parents interested in the Engineering and Computer Science Transfer program at CLC.  Each session provides an overview of the Engineering program, including academics and extracurricular activities, as well as a tour of the Baxter Innovation Lab, CLC's makerspace / fablab which serves as a home for CLC Engineering (and other) students.  

Information on guaranteed admission programs, including University of Illinois Engineering Pathways, UIC TAG and the NIU program, will also be presented. The sessions will be live online via zoom during the 2020-21 school year, and usually last between 45-60 minutes. 

DESIGN competitions 

Design a Logo for Maker Faire Lake County 

What image springs to mind when you hear “Lake County”? Do you think of rollercoasters, farm fields or CLC?  As Maker Faire Lake County approaches, organizers are looking for a logo that captures the spirit of our county.  Start with a three-inch circle and select your favorite red and blue media. It could be crayons, colored pencils or graphic design software, your choice! Make sure to include the words "Maker Faire Lake County" somewhere in your design.  

This contest is aimed at all students 3rd grade and up, as well as community members. 

3D Model a Game Board Piece 

Do you ever wish you could redesign your favorite board game? Maker Faire has decided to tackle one of its favorites and would like your help. You can use any CAD software to design the missing pieces. To enter, you simply upload a screen capture of your project and the file in *.stl format.  

This contest is aimed at students from 6th grade through community college. 

The two competitions launched Feb. 15 and are posted on the Maker Faire website.  

INNOVATE with robotics 

The Lake County Robotics Competition is in full swing. Join in on Feb. 23 for a showcase which will provide students participating in this year’s competition a chance to show off their progress with their robots. Students have been working since Dec. 2020 on designing, building and programming robots to meet predetermined requirements.   

From 5-6 p.m. the 6th and 7th grade students, working with Lego EV3 kits, will demonstrate their robots. 

Then from 6-7 p.m. the 8th to 12th graders, working with Tetrix kits, will demonstrate their robots.   

Attendees are welcome to ask questions and learn how to get involved in next year's competition. 

MAKE and then share your projects at Maker Faire Lake County in April 

In celebration of Engineering Week, there will be two separate, virtual tours of CLC’s Baxter Innovation Lab, a favorite resource of the college’s engineering students.  

The FabLab tour on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. will focus on laser technology, circuit board routing and vinyl printing. There will be a walkthrough of some current projects and more details on the logo contest.  

The shop tour on Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. will focus on traditional shop tools and milling. The Engineering Club will share one of their favorite recent projects and more details on the 3D modeling contest. From 1-2 p.m. there will be a short workshop on Tinkercad for anyone new to 3D modeling.  

Both tours will include more information on how can showcase your projects at Maker Faire on April 17. Makers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Visit or for more information.  Finally, October is Manufacturing Month and will be chock full of events so mark your calendars now. 

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.