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Summer Camps – Students

STEM Summer Camps

Summer 2014
Check out the nearly 40 summer camps available for students in grades 1-12. NIU offers a wide variety of day and residential camps in DeKalb to help students gain expert knowledge, learn in a fun and safe environment, and get a university experience. From athletics to activism, there's sure to be something for every young learner! http://niu.edu/summercamps

Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge

July 28-August 1, 2014
Stratford FestivalTravel with Professor Emeritus William Johnson to experience highlights of the Stratford Festival’s 62nd season. Dr. Johnson will provide commentary prior to the productions and be available to answer questions throughout the program. Shows will include Shakespeare’s King Lear, King John, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and either Crazy for You or Hay Fever. http://www.niu.edu/clasep/specialevents/Stratford2014/

STEM Café, Star Gazing at the Orchard – Adults


Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:30-10:30 PM, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Join NIU STEM Outreach for a spectacular evening of star gazing. The annual Perseid meteor shower will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky. Hear from NIU Davis Hall Observatory Manager Daniel Stange on the latest NASA missions, Dr. David Hedin on Exoplanets, and Dr. Sheldon Turner about Pluto's change in status to a dwarf planet. Guests can watch the meteor shower and use NIU's telescopes or bring their own. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Kuipers Family Farm. 

Hands-On Physics at Your School and Frontier Physics Road Show – Students and Educators

School Programs PictureNIU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Outreach can bring 25-100 of the interactive physics displays to your school for a day-long or evening event. Billed as Physics Phun Labs and Frontier Physics Road Show, these investigations are sure to intrigue students from kindergarten through high school.

These popular and dynamic physics demonstration programs can be customized for each audience by choosing themes and concepts that reflect your curriculum. Liquid nitrogen, plasma globes, strong magnets, lasers, diffraction-lensed rainbow glasses, and many other intriguing demonstrations are used to excite students and bring physics concepts to life.

STEM Outreach can also arrange for programs in any of the STEM fields. Faculty or students can visit your classroom or facilitate field trips to NIU's campus. To schedule either the Hands-On Physics or Frontier Physics programs for your school or community, contact Pettee Guerrero 815-753-0533 pguerrero1@niu.edu. Check out the STEM Outreach webpage for an extensive list of on- and off-campus activities.

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