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STEM for Girls

Discover Amazing Opportunities

Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Register (Pre-Registration Required)

Registration will open on Jan. 31, 2020.


If you will be dropped off, please enter at the A Wing entrance.


Please park in lot 3 or 4 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. Stay and learn about scholarship opportunities, getting ready for college, technology 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, surgical technology, robotics, electronics, computer science and more


  • 8:30- 9 a.m. – Check In (Room A013)
  • 9-9:25 a.m. – Welcome (Room A011)
  • 9:30-10:20 a.m. – Hands-On Workshops (Session 1)
  • 10:30-11:20 p.m. – Hands-On Workshops (Session 2)
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Raffle (Room A011)


Select three 45 min. workshops that interest you the most.

  • The Olympics are Coming: What are YOU doing to succeed like a champion?!
    Presenter: Danielle Mall Colan and Dr. Frank Ardito, Instructor of Health and Wellness Promotion, CLC

    The Summer Olympics are rapidly approaching - as is the excitement of watching the best performers in the world.  This session will introduce you to the science behind the ten dimensions of your well-being.  Each of these plays a significant role in success with school, work, sports, and life.  Current World Weightlifting Champion and World Record Holder Danielle Mall Colan will share her personal experience leveraging the science of wellness to achieve the extraordinary.  Attendees will also receive a super cool autographed Warrior Wellness card from Danielle!

  • Right or Left - Which Way Do I Go?
    Presenter: Dr. Tara Simmons, Instructor of Chemistry, CLC

    Chemists frequently work with reactions that can go in opposite directions, so they need to find ways to control which is favored.  We will work with reversible reactions and what can be done to control them.

  • 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.

  • 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 and Jane Pickens, 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!

  • Build-a-Beak STEM Design Challenge
    Presenter: Marcella Linahan and Kirsten Bartlett, Science teachers at Carmel Catholic School 
    Physical characteristics of organisms change over time to ensure the survival of a species. Animals are no exception. In this STEM activity, students will design a custom bird beak to discover which performs better with a variety of food sources and changing environmental conditions.

  • Robots, Robots, Everywhere
    Presenter: Engineering students, CLC
    Assemble your robot to complete a specific challenge. Then learn some basic coding skills to accomplish your task. Information about the new Lake County Robotics Competition will also be provided.

CLC Women in STEM

“You can do anything you want. If someone says you’re too girly to build engines, and you can’t be a mechanic or you can’t be an engineer, don’t let anyone stop you. You can still be a woman and you can still manage to solve problems and build things, whatever your mind wants you to do. You just have to believe in yourself.”
— Dawn Burzawa, CLC Graduate Electrical Engineering

Hear stories from CLC faculty, students and alumni about their experience as a woman in the STEM field.

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