This coming week has a number of interesting events around the Chicago area in celebration of Engineer’s Week.
Check out the links at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Their site has lots of educational links for kids, educators, and interested individuals. Most of their events are in downtown Chicago, and they target a variety of age groups.
We have enjoyed the DuPage Area Enginner’s Week events a couple times now. The week culminates in an event at IIT’s Wheaton Campus with Mr. Freeze and lots of hands on stations filling every room of the building. If you go, plan on a packed house with both events and people. We never have enough time to enjoy it all. One of the unique aspects of this particular event is that it brings in real life engineers from a variety of fields (civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical, chemical, and on, and on!) Kids and teens have an opportunity to walk around and find out about the fields and ask lots of questions. They can find out what they do and how they got where they are today.
On their site you can download lots of information to plan your time there in advance, but the basics on the event: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM at Illinois Institute of Technology: 201 East Loop Drive, Wheaton, IL
Free, and open to the public
Received via email (please share!) What a great idea for a homeschool gathering:
What: Career Night
Where: The Evangelical Free Church of Sycamore-DeKalb 150 Bethany Rd. DeKalb, IL 60115
When: February 18th starting at 6:30p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an engineer? A photographer? A graphic designer? Come to the family meeting on the 18th and learn from ten different professionals. This evening is for the whole family. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. James Glenn, a homeschooling father of 6 and the Midwest Regional Admissions Director for College Plus will be sharing on “Dreams, Desires, and Decisions.” From 7:00- 8:30p.m. each professional representative will be available at tables to discuss their profession and answer any questions. For children 10 and under there will be the opportunity to earn a small prize for participating in the career night “treasure hunt.”
This event is also open to people outside of HEART, so feel free to invite other families to come on out.
Engineering: The Gateway to Tomorrow’s Technology
You are invited to The Twenty Seventh Annual DuPage Engineers Week Expo:
Date: February 26, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
What to find there:
- ZOOM into Engineering and Design Squad
- DuPage Children’s Museum
- LEGO® Robotics — Chicago Robotics
- Mr. Freeze Cryogenics
- 4,500 Years of Structures
- Working Bikes — Robot Design Engineering
Where: The School of Applied Technology
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus
Illinois Institute of Technology
201 East Loop Drive
Wheaton, IL. 60189
Visit their Website – http://dupageeweek.iit.edu There you will find all the details as far as schedules, display descriptions, and even a floor plan of the building with what will be set up where. Some of the displays I am familiar with from other events and I know my kids would really enjoy this. It is free and geared toward kids K-8. Definitely looks like fun for everyone.