Checkout these Chicago events and activities to learn about the different paths, skills, and education that might prepare your child for a career as a technologist. A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education outlines many other ways to talk about tech careers with your kids.
Field Museum Free Days https://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/programs/free-admission-days
Illinois residents. Free.
Any Illinois resident with a valid ID get free entry to the museum during free admission days. In addition, the special exhibits are discounted as well.
Sponsor: Field Museum
12/4/2017, 12/9/2017 9:30-4:30
Adler Planetarium Free Days
Countless galaxies, unfathomable distances, exploding stars, diamond planets, black holes, there’s no way around it, space is freaking awesome!
Sponsor: Adler Planetarium
Y-SciCom 3: Engaging Youth in Science Communications
Educators, mentors. Free.
Professor George Villanueva is a pioneer in charting multi-lingual and multi-cultural health communications strategies that harness community resources. Learn how to find new opportunities to expand your communications strategy. This staff training will support education and PR teams to plan science communications efforts that incorporate youth and media mentors.
Chicago Tech Academy High School Prospective Student Open House
7-8th grade students / parents. Free.
Chicago Tech Academy’s mission is to educate, empower and connect diverse entrepreneurial thinkers to discover their passions, succeed in college and career, and thrive in a digital world. We are a technology and entrepreneurship high school whose curriculum incorporates project based learning, entrepreneurial principles, STEM coursework and real world experiences with Chicago companies.
Women of Color in STEM Careers
Girls 7-17 yo & parents. Free.
A spirited and lively evening of conversation and connection, hearing from a panel of women of color working in STEM fields. Educational experience for girls and their parents/guardians.
Sponsor: Women of Color in STEM
Technology for Community Organizations
Community organizations, especially youth-focused groups. Free.
Detroit Community Technology Project will share ways in which technology and decentralized organizing can help build capacity within organizations. DCTP will share tech infrastructure best practices for small nonprofits, including tips for saving money on tech and appropriate tech for nonprofits. Workshop designed with Chicago Youth Voices Network (CYVN) as priroty audience.
Sponsor: Hive Chicago
Engineering at Cantigny Park (Wheaton)
Families. Free with paid parking.
Colonel McCormick admired the feats of engineering that helped make Chicago great. Visit stations that celebrate those feats and create one yourself using our Lego bricks!
Sponsor: Cantigny Park
The Future of FinTech Is Female
Women & Allies. $15-25.
Hear from leading women in Chicago’s FinTech Ecosystem where they will share their stories and examples of how they have taken steps to either position themselves or their colleagues as subject matter experts, and how certain actions have led to leadership positions.
Sponsor: FTW: FinTech Women
Science Snoozeum at the Museum of Science and Industry
Groups/families kids 6-12 years old. $65 per person.
Spend the night at the Museum of Science and Industry and do just that. Explore the Museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits at your own pace. Participate in special activities, make your own science toys, and complete a scavenger hunt. When it’s all done, sleep nose-to-nose with a 727, next to a giant heart or steps away from a toy-making factory.
Sponsor: Museum of Science & Industry
Doane at Dusk
Enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours. Outside viewing weather permitting.
Sponsor: Adler Planetarium
Reality Tech – A Coding + Mobile + Augmented Reality Boot Camp
Students can bring images and media to life as they learn the basics of Augmented Reality using ARh.js and COLLABA. (like Pokemon Go) By the end of this boot camp, your kids will be able to take a camera on a mobile device and create an augmented reality scene.
Sponsor: Blue Studios
Teen Learning Labs Orientation https://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Teen-Programs/Teen-Learning-Lab/Teen-Learning-Lab-Current-Projects/
Dive into the Teen Learning Lab starting with a new teen orientations. Get introduced to mentors, projects and resources available to teens at Shedd Aquarium. New teen orientations will focus on providing you with an overview of the Teen Learning Lab and launching points for your next visit to Shedd Aquarium.
Sponsor: Shedd Aquarium
LEGO® Build Workshop: The Railway Exchange Building
6+ years old. <13 needs adult. Free for CPS student + adult. $12 public.
Architectural design is influenced by technology, materials and the city itself. Explore the Railway Exchange Building to learn why it looks the way it does, then recreate it using LEGO®.
Great Books for STEM Girls
Several new great books for STEM girls that were written by women in STEM.
- Ada Lace on the Case, by Emily Calendrelli (host and producer of Xploration Outer Space, MIT grad). Elementary readers.
- Girls Who Code. Grades 3-7.
- Click’d, by Tamara Ireland Stone, a best-selling author with deep roots in technology.
- S’More Magazine. Started by Dr. Sarita Menon. Girls 7-12 years old.
Minecraft for Makers: Minecraft in the Real World with LEGO, 3D Printing, Arduino, and More! By John Baichtal.
Can’t make any of these events? Check out this list of books with tech projects, developed by the Chicago Public Library for the March 2017 Teen Tech Week.
Read the book How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education to find other ways to talk to your child about the possibilities of a career as a technologist.