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Ender's Day at NIU

Thanks to everyone who participated in Ender's Day!

Check back soon for information on our spring event!

Ender's Day was a day of hands-on activities and discussions on the scientific, technological, and ethical aspects behind the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 8 AM to 2 PM
Where: Northern Illinois University - Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom
Who: Students and school groups in grade 8 and up
Cost: No cost for admission. Advanced registration is required.


What if there really were intelligent, humanoid bug soldiers living in the far reaches of space? How might they have evolved? What would they look like? And what types of technology would humans need to find and communicate with them?

Join STEM Teen Read and STEM experts for a free day of hands-on activities that use the novel Ender's Game as a jumping off point to explore entomology, space travel, species specialization, kinestheology, art, and more. Students will get to learn and share with experts and participate in college-level discourse with an interdisciplinary panel.

This event is hosted by NIU’s STEM Teen Read, a free program that offers tools and resources to help teens explore the science behind the fiction in popular young adult books. Ender's Game is the STEM Teen Read's selection for November. In addition to hosting this event, STEM Teen Read will post videos, prompts, mini games, educator materials, and other activities that help readers explore this popular classic. Learn more about the speakers here.


Several years after an alien invasion of Earth by an army of bug soldiers, six-year-old Ender Wiggin is recruited to prepare for the next attack by attending battle school at a space station. Ender must struggle to keep his humanity as he deals with emotional isolation, rivalry among students, and the ever-increasing pressure of combat simulations. This book explores concepts of physics, entomology, psychology, computer science, and space travel and raises questions about the morality of modern warfare.


  • Experience an immersive day of learning and discourse on a university campus
  • Engage in creative problem-solving activities and hands-on science demonstrations
  • Participate in a Q&A with an Entomology expert
  • Engage in an open discussion with an interdisciplinary panel of NIU experts


Advanced registration is required so that we can make necessary arrangements to accommodate your group.  Registration is also open to individual students 16 or older with written permission from a parent or guardian.


A limited number of transportation grants are available to school groups of 30 or more students. These grants of up to $200 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  To apply for a transportation grant, contact Debbie Pixton.