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STEMCON Afternoon Workshop Schedule

Most STEMCON workshops will last between 30 to 60 minutes. Morning workshops will be held between 12:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Below you will find descriptions of each workshop along with the time it is being offered and the length of the workshop.

Afternoon Workshop Schedule Overview

12:45 p.m.

Build an Origami Microscope 

Presented by: COD Biology, 60-minutes 

Students will each build a foldscope- a paper microscope that can easily be carried in a pocket or backpack and can be used to explore the world using natural light. This workshop is capped at 15 attendees.

LEGO® Battlebots Challenge

Presented by: COD Continuing Education Youth Academy, 60-minutes 

Engineering and technology come alive in this fun, fast paced LEGO® Robotics workshop.  Participants will complete a speed build and enter the LEGO® Battlebot Challenge; an all-inclusive, no holds barred, fight to the finish. 

Workshop also offered at 2:30 p.m.

1 p.m.

Food Scientist for a Day

Presented by: DuPage County Farm Bureau, 60-minutes

Join DuPage County Farm Bureau – Ag in the Classroom as we explore the world of food science! Food scientists work to develop new products, ensure food safety, create packaging, evaluate food sensory experiences, and ensure food nutrition and sustainability. In this workshop, participants will learn about food processing, sensory evaluation, and create their own trail mix!

Please Note: This workshop will involve food consumption. Those with food allergies will not be able to fully participate. The following food items will be used in the workshop: peppermints, skittles, milks/whipping cream, chocolate syrup, cheerios, chex cereal, fruit loops, animal crackers, butterscotch chips, dried fruits, pretzels, M&Ms, popcorn, peanuts, almonds.

Friction, Lubrication, & Climate Change, Oh My

Presented by: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers - Chicago Section, 60-minutes 

Have you ever wondered why are we able to walk on dry ground but have problems walking on ice? Or why we use rubber for car tires, instead of plastic or some other material? This workshop will explore the basic principles of friction and lubrication, and attendees will experiment with various materials on surfaces to identify the best combinations of materials. We will also review the importance of friction and lubrication in everyday life, as well as the beneficial effects that good lubrication can make to energy efficiency and minimizing climate change. 

Slide Puzzle App Development

Presented by: COD Computer and Information Systems, 60-minutes

Attendees will learn how to make a simple video game, a virtual slide puzzle, using free GameMaker Studio software.

1:15 p.m.

Build an Atom in VR 

Presented by: COD Chemistry, 30-minutes

Atoms are the tiniest pieces of the elements of matter, yet they are themselves made up of even smaller objects called protons, neutrons and electrons.  In this Virtual Reality exhibit, see how the different atoms from the periodic table are put together by assembling them yourselves in a highly engaging virtual reality landscape.

1:30 p.m.

Computer Forensics

Presented by: COD Computer Infrastructure Technology, 30-minutes

Come experience how computer forensic analyst analyze encrypted files and discover hidden secrets that people don't want you to know.

Creating Bioplastics Gifts and Toys

Presented by: COD BioTech Club, 60-minutes

We want to educate young individuals about biotechnology's part in making bioplastic. Bioplastic is an alternative source of plastic better for the environment which can possibly be the future of toys for kids and so many other items. 

1:45 p.m.

Intro to Solidworks

Presented by: COD Manufacturing, 30-minutes 

In this workshop, you will work on a solidworks project that will be cut out by laser and assembled. This is a great introduction to Solidworks and Manufacturing. 

Robotics Challenge: Special Delivery

Presented by: Computer Information and Technology, 1-2 hours

Can you code an Amazon Hercules robot to deliver your friend’s birthday present on time? Join this free, 2-hour virtual challenge to learn programming basics and discover how Amazon uses computer science to help fulfill customer orders. 

2 p.m.

Explore Electronics with Circuit Building

Presented by: COD Electronic Technology, 60-minutes 

Learn basic electronic circuit fundamentals while having fun building a flashing LED circuit that you can wear and take home.

Skyscrapers of the Future

Presented by: COD Architecture and Construction Management, 30-minutes

Learn about architecture and explore structure in this fun hands-on workshop where you will imagine and build skyscrapers of the future. A take-home activity will also be provided. 

Workshop also offered at 2:30 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

Build an Atom in VR 

Presented by: COD Chemistry, 30-minutes

Atoms are the tiniest pieces of the elements of matter, yet they are themselves made up of even smaller objects called protons, neutrons and electrons.  In this Virtual Reality exhibit, see how the different atoms from the periodic table are put together by assembling them yourselves in a highly engaging virtual reality landscape.

Easy Web Development 

Presented by: COD Computer Science Club, 60-minutes

The Computer Science Club at COD is working on an AI that predicts if a Stock price will go Up or Down the next day. This workshop will involved K12 students in a competition on who will tweak the AI best so the AI predicts most accurately. 

2:30 p.m.

LEGO® Battlebots Challenge

Presented by: COD Continuing Education Youth Academy, 60-minutes

Engineering and technology come alive in this fun, fast paced LEGO® Robotics workshop.  Participants will complete a speed build and enter the LEGO® Battlebot Challenge; an all-inclusive, no holds barred, fight to the finish. 

Magic Math and the Art of Illusion

Presented by: COD Mathematics, 60-minutes 

Participants will learn both the enabling math and hands-on performance techniques associated with several card tricks. A keepsake deck of playing cards will be provided and a cameo appearance by a professional magician is envisioned.

Skyscrapers of the Future

Presented by: COD Architecture and Construction Management, 30-minutes

Learn about architecture and explore structure in this fun hands-on workshop where you will imagine and build skyscrapers of the future. A take-home activity will also be provided.