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STEMCON Morning Workshop Schedule

Most STEMCON workshops will last between 30 to 60 minutes. Morning workshops will be held between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Below you will find descriptions of each workshop along with the time it is being offered and the length of the workshop.

Morning Workshop Schedule Overview

10:15 a.m.

Horticulture, Plants and the Greenhouse

Presented by: COD Horticulture, 30-minutes

Visit the Horticulture Greenhouse, plant a tomato and a house plant to take home with you.

Workshop also offered at 11:15 a.m.

Modeling the Solar System and the Stars

Presented by: Naperville Astronomical Association, 60-minutes

 Segments will cover the size and relative emptiness of the solar system and extrasolar space (modeling distances with adding machine tape); geometry of lunar phases and eclipses of the Sun and Moon (modeling with 3D models); nightly and yearly movement of the starry sky (modeling with a planisphere and making a planisphere to take home).

Workshop also offered at 12:15 p.m.

10:30 a.m.

Eclectic Math

Presented by: COD Mathematics, 30-minutes

Are you a math whiz? In this fun and engaging workshop, attendees will learn about probability, logic, counting principles, exponential functions, and more.

Workshop also offered at 11:30 a.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.

Workshop also offered at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

"You Mad?" Scientist: The Enigmatic World of Adaptations 

Presented by: Brookfield Zoo/King Conservation Science Academy, 60-minutes

Thick fur, estivation and poison skin have nothing, yet everything in common. That’s because they’re adaptations. An adaptation is an evolved trait that helps an organism survive and reproduce in its environment. However, adaptations are so diverse that two different animals can have the same adaptation, but use it in very different ways. In this interactive session, you will use hands-on science experiments to show you just how wildly exciting and oddly complex some adaptations can really be.

Workshop also offered at 12:30 p.m.

10:45 a.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.

Workshop also offered at 12:45 p.m.

Robotics Challenge: Special Delivery

Presented by: Computer Information and Technology, 1 to 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. 

Workshop also offered at 1:45 p.m.

11 a.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.

Workshop also offered at 1 p.m.

Friction, Lubrication, & Climate Change, Oh My

Presented by: STLE - 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. 

Workshop also offered at 1 p.m.

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.

Workshop also offered at 1 p.m.

11:15 a.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.

Workshop also offered at 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15 p.m.

Horticulture, Plants and the Greenhouse

Presented by: COD Horticulture, 30-minutes

Visit the Horticulture greenhouse, plant a tomato and a house plant to take home with you.

11:30 a.m.

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.

Workshop also offered at 1:30 p.m.

Eclectic Math

Presented by: COD Mathematics, 30-minutes

Are you a math whiz? In this fun and engaging workshop, attendees will learn about probability, logic, counting principles, exponential functions, and more.

What Makes a Computer Tick?

Presented by: COD Computer Infrastructure Technology, 30-minutes

Have you wondered what makes a computer tick?  Get hands on with PCs and put together a functional system in our fully equipped computer classroom.

Noon

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.

Workshop also offered at 2:00 p.m.

12:15 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.

Workshop also offered at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.

Modeling the Solar System and the Stars

Presented by: Naperville Astronomical Association, 60-minutes

Segments will cover the size and relative emptiness of the solar system and extrasolar space (modeling distances with adding machine tape); geometry of lunar phases and eclipses of the Sun and Moon (modeling with 3D models); nightly and yearly movement of the starry sky (modeling with a planisphere and making a planisphere to take home).

12:30 p.m.

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.

Workshop also offered at 2:15 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. 

"You Mad?" Scientist: The Enigmatic World of Adaptations

Presented by: Brookfield Zoo/King Conservation Science Academy, 60-minutes

Thick fur, estivation and poison skin have nothing, yet everything in common. That’s because they’re adaptations. An adaptation is an evolved trait that helps an organism survive and reproduce in its environment. However, adaptations are so diverse that two different animals can have the same adaptation, but use it in very different ways. In this interactive session, you will use hands-on science experiments to show you just how wildly exciting and oddly complex some adaptations can really be.

Afternoon Workshop Schedule