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For the safety of our community, Maker Week has been postponed until further notice.

CLC students working on different STEM experiments and projects

CLC Maker Week, April 2020

Join us for the First Maker Week, hosted by College of Lake County!


Maker Week is a series of events and competitions with STEM and entrepreneurial themes, held over a one-week period, annually, hosted at the College of Lake County (CLC) in Grayslake, Illinois.

The goal of Maker Week is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) using fun, hands-on activities. Maker Week highlights the myriad of makers and and entrepreneurs in Lake County with the intent of inspiring all attendees.

All activities are free and open to the public

Maker Week Design and Build Days

CLC's Baxter Innovation Lab will be open once per month leading up to Maker Week to support individuals and teams working on any Maker Week related projects.  Engineering students and faculty are available to provide assistance with robot construction and programming, Rube Goldberg construction, Big Idea Jr. prototypes, and more.

The Baxter Innovation Lab is home to CLC Engineering Club, a group of CLC students who are mentoring and assisting community members on their Maker Week projects.  All Design/Build days are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays: December 14, 2019, January 11, 2020, February 8, 2020, March 14, 2020, and April 4, 2020. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by filling out the registration form (PDF) and returning to

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Maker Faire Lake County

Maker Faire is interactive and educational in all kinds of ways. Maker Faire is not a passive sit-down experience; it’s a hands-on experience that you grab hold of. From simple conversations and detailed explanations to amazing do-it-yourself demonstrations, Maker Faire is all about participation and sharing. Many Makers develop exhibits with hands-on activities. Others bring unusual objects that we don’t see every day.

Makers are people who see the possible and then make it happen. It’s good for self esteem, it’s good for education, and it’s good for economic development. The goal of the Maker Faire is to bring as many Lake County makers together to celebrate the multifaceted fields of making and celebrate the unique makers in our region as well as highlight CLC’s home for makers, the Baxter Innovation Lab. Become a part of the Maker Movement!

Look for a Call for Makers in February 2020.  General registration opens in March 2020.

For more information, including how to answer the Call for Makers, email
or visit the Maker Faire Lake County website.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
4H Robotics Showcase

4-H Clubs may compete as a team in the annual Local & State 4-H Robotics Competitions. The contest tests a club's ability to work together creatively to solve a set of tasks. Last year, clubs designed robots which simulated STEM activities. Teams are judged in three areas: robot design, teamwork, and table performance of the robot. In robot design judging, the teams have 10 minutes to describe the features and design of their robots to a panel of judges. In teamwork judging, the team is given a simple task where the judges cam evaluate the team's ability to work together to solve the task. In preparing for the local and state 4-H robotics competition, 4-H youth learn to work together, share ideas, debate the best way to solve a particular task, and divide responsibilities so the team can accomplish as many of the challenge tasks as possible. The 2018-19 competition was held in the spring and brought more than 25 teams and 170 youth to showcase at the one-day event.  

For more information contact Sandra Prez at 847-223-8627 or at

Learn more about the 4H Robotics Showcase.

Monday, April 20, 2020
Big Idea Jr.

In order to promote the entrepreneurial side of the maker and STEM culture, the CLC Business Division is holding a shark-tank type event during Maker Week. The Business Division has held a competition for CLC students, called “The Next Big Idea” for the past four years. The Maker Week event, “The Next Big Idea - High School” will offer the same type of opportunity to high School students, especially those involved in engineering or business project work such as PLTW senior design projects.   Experience indicates a strong financial incentive is important to encourage participation i.e. prizes. CLC will promote the event to high school students, and recruit judges to evaluate the submissions.

Online applications will be open January 21 through March 22, 2020.

Learn more about Big Idea Jr. Competition

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Lake County Robotics Competition (LCRC) Finals

The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 8th-12th grade students to engineering, robotics and computer science using an affordable and accessible robotics competition. The LCRC is organized through a joint effort by the College of Lake County Transfer Engineering Department and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. We want students to have the opportunity to experience STEM education in a fun, competitive, critical thinking manner.  The finals is the culmination of a year-long effort by

Learn more about the Lake County Robotics Competition.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Rube Goldberg Challenge

Since 1988, thousands of students have celebrated Rube’s legacy by creating Rube Goldberg Machines™ in our annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® and they’ve learned – and laughed – a lot. On a formal basis, this learning experience now falls under the category of STEM / STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) education – something which came naturally to Rube who was trained as an engineer but was an inventor and artist at heart. Join all of the teachers, hosts, students, administrators, sponsors, parents and grandparents – and Rube fanatics! – who participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest!

Learn more about the Rube Goldberg Challenge.

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