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STEMFest 2017

By Northern Star Staff | October 9, 2017

Hey Huskies, get ready to play with lasers or dissect cow eyeballs at NIU’s STEMFest. STEMFest is a free event held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 at the Convocation Center. You can check out all the activities available that promote...

Geologist teaches children importance of their ideas

By Harry Myers | October 19, 2014

Award-winning geologist Richard Alley explained to children how their inventions and ideas can fix global warming issues at STEMfest Saturday.Alley presented a map of the world, blank aside from a pink spot in the middle of Africa. That point in Africa,...

STEMfest looks for student volunteers

By Northern Star Staff | October 8, 2014

NIU STEM is looking for student volunteers to assist at the annual STEMfest Oct. 18 in the Convocation Center.The university’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments will host activities and competitions to raise awareness about...

STEMfest set to be held on Oct. 18

By Northern Star Staff | September 22, 2014

The fifth annual STEMfest will be held Oct. 18 in the Convocation Center.NIU’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments, student organizations and national labs will present hundreds of activities in an effort to raise awareness...

Melissa Burlingame (second from right), Environmental Studies Program coordinator, and senior anthropology major Alex Labee (far right) explain the mechanics of soil and the atmosphere Saturday at the Convocation Center.

Fest mixes science with fun

By Allison Krecek | October 21, 2013

Laser mazes, organ pipes and singing frogs were just a few of the activities kids could participate at Saturday’s STEMfest.STEMfest, which was held in the Convocation Center, is an annual event that has been a part of NIU for four years. Before then,...

STEM offers kids hands-on learning

STEM offers kids hands-on learning

By James Casey | October 20, 2013

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to STEMfest Saturday, the STEM Outreach program works all year to satisfy and spark scientific curiosities.I sat in on an Outreach meeting as STEMfest was approaching. While the fest is able to draw hoards of people...

STEMfest brings robots, haunted lab

By Jack Manning | October 14, 2013

Science and horror will combine in new ways for this year’s STEMfest.STEMfest, which was created by STEAM Outreach Director Patricia Sievert, is projected to have an even bigger turnout than last year’s 5,200 attendees. Exhibits like the robotics...

STEMfest to be held on Oct. 20

By Northern Star Staff | October 10, 2012

The third annual STEMfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Convocation Center, according to a NIU STEM Outreach press release. The event provides a hands-on experience for children of all ages. Demonstrations and exhibits will focus...

Humans, robotics peacefully coexist at new engineering club

By Sierra Lowe | September 20, 2012

NIU’s first robotics club is creating a buzz in the Engineering Building. The mission of the robotics club is to create a community for technically skilled and motivated students. The club also serves as a forum for the circulation and discussion of...

Second annual STEMfest educates children of all ages on maths and sciences

October 23, 2011

Caitlin Giles, STEMfest volunteer and sophomore mechanical engineering major, said the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics festival held Saturday is important for children."I think it's important to teach little kids about math and science,"...

A group of girls explore the technology of a remote control car
at STEMfest 2010.

Second annual STEMfest comes to Convocation Center

By Linze Griebenow | October 19, 2011

Lasers, robots, holograms and a haunted laboratory.These are a few of the displays patrons can expect to find at the second annual STEMfest, a festival celebrating achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The festival will...