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iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center Keeps Local Youth Exploring This Summer Through STEMGirls Summer Camp

125 Girls Set to Participate in Industry-focused STEM Summer Camps

125 girls have registered for the second annual STEMGirls Summer Camp hosted by the iBIO Institute’s EDUCATE Center in partnership with Waukegan to College and Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School. The Summer Camp, held in Waukegan, will enhance summer STEM exploration for the 3rd-8th grade participants.

Camp programming consists of fun hands-on activities, sessions with STEM professionals and field trips. The Summer Camp is made possible through generous support by Abbott (North Chicago, IL) the Astellas USA Foundation (Northbrook, IL), Horizon Pharma (Lake Forest, IL) and the VWR Foundation.

Camp activities will focus on how STEM techniques are used in Chemical, Mechanical and Medical Engineering including:

  • Exploding Baggies, Bubbling Balloons, Iodine Clocks, Film Canister Rockets: Exploring how concentration, temperature, agitation and surface area affect the way a reaction happens.
  • Juice Box Motor Boats: Design and competition
  • 3-D Printing: From Design to Product
  • Heart Health: Making Stethoscopes
  • Demonstrations of cardiac catheters, stents, and heart valve models
  • Fire Flies or Bust: Bioluminescence and making our own chemical glow and decoding female firefly flash responses
  • Coding: Create a Binary Bracelet, Mouse Maze, Algorithm Origami

“Our mission is to provide high-quality programming that helps spark interest in STEM,” says iBIO Institute Executive Vice President, John Conrad. “Third to eighth grade is a critical time where many girls decide whether STEM is for them. The STEMGirls Summer Camp promotes STEM and STEM careers in a way that inspires girls to begin planning a future in the STEM industries.”

“Abbott employee volunteers are looking forward to sharing their expertise and passion for science and engineering at the iBIO STEMGirls summer camp,” said John Frels, vice president of research and development for Abbott’s diagnostics business. “This year, the girls will have a chance to explore cutting edge technologies such as 3-D printing, and learn about the science of bioluminescence. Through hands-on experiences that are interactive and fun, we can help bring science and engineering to life – and we hope that these experiences will inspire the girls to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering in the future.”

“The STEMGirls program offers girls a unique opportunity to be challenged and inspired by STEM activities working closely with Astellas volunteers,” said Moyra Knight, president of Astellas USA Foundation. “Astellas USA Foundation is proud to help support the STEMGirls Summer Camp as part of our Science WoRx program to encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers.”

Anyone is welcome to register and attend Family Day on the last day of camp, June 23, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Family Day, parents and siblings join the girls for a fun and informative day. Campers will host a STEM fair to show what they have learned during their week. Lunch will be served.

Camp Details:
STEMGirls Summer Camp
June 19-23, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
522 Belvidere Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Family Day Details:
June 23, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
To register please email mnaleway@ibio.org. or register here: www.goo.gl/fX8Atp

About iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center

The iBIO Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on orchestrating business leadership in delivery of world-class, educational programs and job-creating new technology ventures. The Institute’s EDUCATE Center delivers industry-led science and math programs for teachers and students, thereby inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in technology education. EDUCATE’s hands-on, inquiry-based STEM programs have impacted over 1000 teachers and 90,000 Illinois students since 2003.