STEM Cafes


Feed Your Mind!

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

On Tap

Maker Movement

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Fatty's Pub and Grille
1312 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Who's a maker? The United States was built by a nation of makers, but today fewer
and fewer people make anything, including their own meals. A growing subculture
of makers and doers is changing that trend by sharing ideas, tools and workspaces
as they invent everything from robots to life hacks. Join Russ Lankenau, co-founder
and president of the Workshop 88 makerspace, and Federico Sciammarella, NIU
Professor and Interim Chair Mechanical Engineering, to explore the Maker Movement
and its learning-through-doing approach to STEM.


Russell Lankenau,

Federico Sciammarella, Ph.D. Associate Professor and
Interim Chair Mechanical Engineering,

NIU participates in America Makes

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • ESports
  • Music and Mental Health
  • Synthetic Biology

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 



See our past presentations!

Find out what STEM Cafés are all about.

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 815-753-4751 or

NIU's STEM Café is one of 51 Science Cafés in the United States. For more information about other Science Cafés throughout the world, go to

Teen Cafés

NIU Teen STEM Cafés are designed by students with students in mind. As with our traditional STEM Cafés, our Teen STEM Cafés highlight hot topics in STEM. Our Teen STEM Cafés are offered in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and supported by Caterpillar.

Teen Cafés are open to the public, but registration is required. Check back regularly for upcoming events and registration details.

NIU and IMSA are recruiting more high schools for the 2018-19 school year. Contact Judith Dymond at if your school or organization would like to host an event, involve your teens in the Teen Café Leadership Team, or with questions.