The Glen Ellyn Public Library (G.E.P.L.) in west suburban Glen Ellyn will hold the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The GEPL is located at 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137.
The Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair is a family-friendly event featuring eighteen interactive exhibits showcasing the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math designed and operated by FermiLab, SciTech Museum, RobotCity Workshop and the DuPage Children’s Museum. Families will be able to enjoy a variety of attractions including an active wind tunnel, a papermaking demonstration and a chemistry magic show performed by Chemical Reaction.
“We designed our Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair to support the outstanding initiatives established by Glen Ellyn School District 41,” says Library Director Dawn Bussey. “The Glen Ellyn Public Library hopes our S.T.E.A.M. fair will introduce children to rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math while igniting a passion for these fields among our community.”
Glen Ellyn School District 41’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative was developed in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which is designed to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade.
The complete list of Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead exhibitors includes:
Chemical Reaction: A Chemistry Magic Show
Witness an explosive presentation of chemistry’s potential with the Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. Shows at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Learn how robots are changing everyday life.
Chicago Area Lego Users Group
See LEGO bricks reach new heights with professional displays and building demos from ChiLug (Chicago Area Lego Users Group).
Come Build with Me!
Play with Goldie Blox, LEGOS and more while learning how this love of building can translate to designing real buildings. The host is Jim Lonergan, Associate Architect, Product Architecture + Design.
Dave Fazzini of College of DuPage
Explore electromagnetism. Observe how the relationship between electricity and magnetism ultimately produce the phenomena known as light. Try hands-on activities and meet real physicists.
DuPage Children’s Museum
Explore the travelling exhibits shared by the DuPage Children’s Museum. Children can play with shapes, colors and light with the two stations chosen for this event.
Elgin Paranormal Investigators
Learn how to investigate paranormal events. This exhibit showcases the group’s findings, as well as a hands-on demonstration of ghost-hunting equipment.
Stop by to test incredible magnet “magic” with the Fermilab Education Office. Learn the basic features of magnets, how magnets react to various materials and what type of work magnets perform.
Glen Crest Middle School
Glen Crest Middle School show off their drafting skills with a display of 3D creations.
Watch and learn with Mad Science as they cover static electricity, complete with the hair-raising Van de Graaff Generator.
Custom Tank Drums
Watch as Custom Tank Drums use S.T.E.A.M. concepts to cut and manipulate old propane tanks and transform them into musical instruments.
Observe the fun side of the machine world and use robots to build, learn and play.
S.C.A.R.C.E. (School and Community Assistance for Composting and Recycling Education)
Discover the possibilities of renewable resources with SCARCE of Glen Ellyn. Make recycled paper or power a light bulb by pedaling a bike.
SciTech Hands On Museum
Learn about air pressure with the SciTech Museum. Create a flyer and launch it through the air with their giant wind tunnel.
Vulcan Materials Company
Learn about the geology, engineering, and paleontology used every day in quarries.
Workshop 88 is a makerspace located in Glen Ellyn and will showcase how they use technology, science, and mechanics on a daily basis.
In addition to the fair, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has packed their entire spring quarter with S.T.E.A.M. programs for all ages. Further details for all S.T.E.A.M. related programming can be found at gepl.org.