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Two Opportunities to See Jeff VanderMeer!
Annihilation: The Writing Apocalypse
April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NIU Holmes Student Center
DeKalb, IL 60115

Aspiring teen writers are encouraged to connect with professional experts and editors for a day full of unique opportunities. Participants will be able to attend world-building workshops, professional critiques, author talk, and more. Space is limited, so don't miss out on the chance to enhance your writing skills. Register now at $15 per person covering admission and lunch.

An Otherworldly Evening with Jeff VanderMeer
April 24, 7:30 p.m.
DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb

Join STEM Read and Friends of the NIU Libraries for an extraordinary public talk with best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer. This event is free and open to the public. Books are available to preorder or for purchase at the event.


Share Ideas at edcamp NI
April 27, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kaneland Harter Middle School
1601 Esker Dr, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Current and future educators - look no further for free professional development. edcamp Northern Illinois is your chance to discuss research, classroom tools, strategies, and more. A light dinner buffet will be provided by our sponsors, who are also sending fabulous giveaways for our prize drawings. Registration is open for all attendees, and presenters are encouraged to submit topics.

Step into a Summer Camp
STEM Summer Camps
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb and Lorado Taft Campuses

Summer fun is on the way with STEM summer camps. Whether you’re interested in robotics, health, photography, sci-fi, video games, or coding, there is a summer camp for you. With so many tracks to choose from, anyone can come and have fun. STEM summer camps are open to students in 2nd grade all the way up to 12th grade. Many camps will take place at NIU’s DeKalb campus, so campers will have the opportunity to explore the university. Find out which camp suits you the best here

  Money Smart Week is Almost Here
April 22-29, 2017
Locations Vary (DeKalb, LaSalle, and Lee Counties)

DeKalb, LaSalle, and Lee Counties will be hosting Money Smart Week through the end of April. All programming is free with different sessions designed for children as young as age five through adults. STEAM Works will be at two of these fabulous financial events.

Investing in the Earth
April 22, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL 60115

Students ages five to twelve will explore ways we can help the environment that make good economic sense.

The Savvy Digital Consumer: Utilizing Mobile Apps and Online Technologies to Score Winning Deals
April 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30  p.m.
Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115

Which online offers are too good to be true and which can score you winning deals? Discover the pros and cons of engaging with businesses online with Dr. Mya Pronschinski Groza.


Dimples, Drives, and More at the Next STEM Café
Driving Ambition: The STEM of Golf
May 3, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

STEM Cafés are ready for spring, bringing you par-tee like discussion on the science, technology, engineering and math that drive golf. NIU Men's Head Golf Coach Tom Porten will join Physics Department Chair Dr. Larry Lurio in answering questions like why golf balls have dimples and how Newton's laws impact your drive off the first tee. The NIU Golf Team will be there demonstrating the latest golf technologies. 

  Save the Date for The Radium Girls
May 12, noon – 1:00 p.m.
DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

You won’t want to miss this exciting lunch time talk on the new book The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore coming to book stores everyone on May 2. The Radium Girls is the incredible true story of the young women exposed to radium and their struggle for justice in places as close to home as Ottawa, IL. Details coming soon!


Bring Coding to Your Classroom
Code Studio Workshop
May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NIU Campus Life Building Room 100 545 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

Join us and trainer Katie Lavin Lechowski for’s Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop. K-5 educators, librarians, technology teachers, and media center personnel will learn how to implement this very popular curriculum in this classroom. Workshop attendees will receive swag bags, curriculum guides, and classroom supplies for the activities. Learn about implementing this curriculum in your classroom and register here.



Register now for ReadingCon: Collaborating for Literacy
June 22, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NIU Naperville, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
Early Bird Registration: $99 per person through May 5

STEM Read and Follett Corporation are thrilled to present ReadingCon featuring keynote speakers Kwame Alexander and Gene Luen Yang. Led by educators and your favorite authors, dive in for the chance to collaborate around literacy strategies in K-12 schools. Registration covers breakfast, lunch, author signing opportunities, a tote bag with goodies and more. Early bird registration ends May 5, so reserve your spot today!


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