This year, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Fest celebrates science, technology, engineering and math with free online events throughout October. The month will culminate with a four-hour live online celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 featuring STEM presentations and activities for all ages.
Registration and more information at go.niu.edu/stemcelebration.
The Oct. 31 celebration includes livestreamed presentations, videos and science demo shows, and it offers visitors the chance to live chat with STEM experts from NIU, as well as NASA, Argonne, Fermilab and more.
STEM Fest organizer Kristin Brynteson says the online format offers an opportunity for visitors to customize their own STEM Fest experience.
The main STEM Fest events will take place in three virtual “rooms” throughout the day – The Haunted STEAM Lab, which features demos and videos with a spooky theme; the Huskie Hall, which showcases the research and artistry of NIU faculty and students; and the STEM Quest room, spotlighting STEM experts from a variety of fields and organizations. The day will end with a “Find Your Spark” science demo show, streamed simultaneously to all the rooms.
Brynteson and fellow NIU STEAM staff members will be on hand in all the virtual rooms to answer questions and help visitors navigate the array of live presentations, chats and videos available.
Some of the highlights the STEM Fest team is most looking forward to include:
• Amusement Park Physics (10:20 a.m., STEM Quest) with NASA education specialist Susan Kohler.
• Engineering at Home (10:40 a.m., Huskie Hall) with Christine Nguyen from the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
• NIU STEM Student Panel (11:40 a.m., Huskie Hall) with current NIU students and recent graduates.
• Esports Chat and Chew (12:10 p.m., Huskie Hall) with the NIU Esports team.
• Math, Engineering and Dreams (12:20 p.m., STEM Quest) with authors Kelly Starling Lyons, Amy Alznauer and Gillian King-Cargile.
Register now for this free event and view a full schedule at go.niu.edu/stemcelebration.