Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Announcing Kohl Children's Museum Science Fridays

Kohl Children's Museum Science Fridays program
This news about the Science Fridays program at the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois is gleaned from a press release I received. If you're looking for original commentary about STEM programs, activities and resources for kids in Chicago and across the US, check out my blog The Maker Mom.

Northwestern Medicine’s Glenview Outpatient Center and Kohl Children’s Museum have partnered to host a new children’s educational series called Science Fridays. Northwestern physicians and museum staff provide live demonstrations about topics such as eyesight, our senses and breathing, and lead children in hands-on activities to help them learn through experimentation and question and answer.

“At Science Fridays, Northwestern physicians guide the children through activities to help them learn through play,” said Micah J. Eimer, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center. “We’re very excited to interact with children and their caregivers in the fun and engaging environment of the Kohl Children’s Museum.”

Science Fridays is offered every other Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Adventures in Art exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum at 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview.  Physicians who will lead the discussions include primary care physicians and specialists based at the Glenview Outpatient Center at 2701 Patriot Boulevard. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, May 18

May 18, 2013 will be a great day for Chicago's STEM kids. After a few hours at Scratch Day Chicago on the North Side, head over to a Mini Maker Faire at Carl Shulz High School. Make cool stuff, see cool stuff, maybe even learn to pick locks.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Scratch Day Chicago

Learn about a great way to get young kids programming computers (or coding) with Scratch. Show off your coolest Scratch projects! Meet, share, and learn with Chicago-area Scratchers at our area's 5th annual Scratch day. The fun takes places Saturday, May 18, 2013 at West Ridge Elementary School.

The day will include demos, workshops (possibly even by yours truly) and many opportunities to play around and share ideas.

The event will run from 9-2 at West Ridge Elementary School, 6700 N. Whipple in the 3rd Floor - Library/Computer Lab.

There is no charge for this event.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chicago STEAM Conference for Middle School and High School Students

STEAM Conference at Northeastern Illinois University
On Saturday, May 11, 2013 Northeastern Illinois University will be hosting their 3rd Annual STEAM student conference. The conference is brought to you by the Upward Bound Math and Science program (UBMS), in collaboration and sponsorship from the Chicago Teachers' Center and Northeastern Illinois University, and Columbia College Science and Math Department.

The STEAM student conference is an event for middle and high school students who attend schools in the greater Chicagoland area to foster science, technology, engineering, art/agriculture/architecture and mathematics learning through project-based and career-oriented workshop sessions.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is a TRIO funded grant from the United States Department of Education. If you are interested in Collaborating, Contributing, Presenting or Exhibiting, contact the ubms program.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity for middle and high school students please visit the STEAM conference blog.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kids in Robotics on WGN Morning News

national robotics week
Tune in to WGN Morning News tomorrow, April 11, around 7:40 AM to see two Chicago-area robotics teams in action. The segment will feature The Makers, a VEX League team, and the LEGOlettes, a FIRST League team, and their bots.

Team coaches Kim Moldofsky and Karen Smith will give a brief overview of their leagues and then the kids will share their thoughts and show off their mad robotics skillz.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Robot Block Party at Museum of Science and Industry

In celebration of National Robotics Week, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, MSI, is hosting a week-long Robot Block Party. They'll be demonstrating several different kinds of robots from the U.S. and around the world. The party also includes lectures from robotics scholars (actual people or mechas?) and the stuff MSI is best known for--hands-on fun!

All activities are included in general Museum admission. Times, locations and availability are subject to change.

Learn more on the MSI website.

Friday, April 5, 2013


STEM Kids Chicago highlights opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math learning + fun in the Chicago area.

Read more about founder Kim Moldofsky.