SF Teen Read - Past Books and Events
The Carbon Diaries: 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Teens discussed the book with climate change expert Jon Warnock and water quality expert Melissa Lenczewski, ate eco-friendly snacks, and toured NIU's Green House to see on-going research on creating alternative fuels out of algae.
A Day of Doctorow
Cory Doctorow and a panel of NIU experts spoke to hundreds of high school students and community members on internet freedom and the scientific, technological, and ethical issues raised in Doctorow's book Little Brother. Students also participated in hands-on activities related to the science and technology in the book with experts from NIU's STEM Outreach, Digital Convergence Lab, Engineering Technology, Department of Communications, Department of Sociology, Department of Educational Technology, Research & Assessment, Nutrition & Dietetics, iFiber, and Environmental Health & Safety.
STEMfest SF Teen Read Essay Contest
High school students submitted essays about the ways science and technology are transforming our world and the implications they will have for our future. The winning essayist received a full scholoarship to an NIU Summer Camp from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming. Learn more and read the winning essay here. http://www.stemfest.niu.edu/stem/fest/essay_contest.shtml
Live Skype Visit by Colleen Doran
Visitors to STEMfest participated in a live question and answer session with the artist behind Orbiter and several other graphic novels, Colleen Doran. Ms. Doran discussed Orbiter, her love of science fiction, and her experiences working in the comic book industry.
Orbiter by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran
Teens discussed the graphic novel with NIU's physicists Dr. Suzanne Willis and Matthew Wiesner and visited NIU's Observatory for a closer look at the stars.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Teens discussed the book with NIU's internet marketing specialist Alex Eddy and psychologist Dr. Angela Grippo and her lab assistants. After the disucussion, teens toured Dr. Grippo's lab, held brains, and observed an ongoing animal behavioral study.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Teens met at NIU Memorial Library to discuss the book with Medical Ethics expert Dr. Sharon Smaldino and looked at vintage sci-fi from Founders Memorial Libary's Rare Books and Special Collections