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College of DuPage

April 19, 2016 16:52 ET

STEM-CON - Get Your Geek On - Saturday, April 30, at College of DuPage

Featured Speakers Include World-Renowned Former Rocket Scientist Olympia LePoint; Nanoresearcher Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky; Associate Director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Dr. James Madsen; and Fermilab's "Mr. Freeze" Jerry Zimmerman Who Will Demonstrate Cryogenics

GLEN ELLYN, IL--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the PE Center Arena, College of DuPage will host a HUGE, interactive, fun and FREE event celebrating science, technology, math and engineering (STEM). The visuals are amazing and participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about STEM in an approachable, lay-person format. Here are just a few of the 41 hands-on events planned for 2016 STEM-CON:

  • Use "Glo-Germ" lotion and an ultraviolet light to explore the germy side of bacteria
  • Enjoy a "safe sun" viewing through a special space telescope
  • Learn about the physics of flight with a real airplane and science of speed with a real racecar
  • Extract DNA from a strawberry at the "Smushy Science" booth
  • Be wowed by the principles of energy when a concrete block is smashed over a COD professor lying on a bed of nails
  • Watch the release of a weather balloon going 12.5 miles into the atmosphere
  • Examine human skeletons and see how acid affects bones -- removes calcium, turns them "rubbery"
  • Taste-test organic vs. GMO produced food
  • Explore the "beauty of the beast" demonstrated through ball python genetic morphs
  • View how river systems are made and shores are created over hundreds of thousands of years (in a few minutes)
  • Enjoy incredible creations made through 3D scanning
  • Control a 200-pound robot from the NASA Mining Robotics Competition, make a "toothbrush bot" and Lego robots
  • View how Zebra Mollusks are taking over the Great Lakes (living aquatic organisms included, of course!)
  • Power up different types of light bulbs on a special bicycle built for YOU.

These are just a sample of the excitement of STEM-CON. Featured speakers include world-renowned former Rocket Scientist Olympia LePoint; Nanoresearcher Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky; Associate Director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Dr. James Madsen; and Fermilab's "Mr. Freeze" Jerry Zimmerman who will demonstrate cryogenics.

Get Your Geek On at STEM-CON!

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