STEAM

International STEM Learning Ecosystems awards Homewood Science Center membership

The Homewood Science Center is now part of STEM Learning Ecosystems, a national and international network working to change how students learn, educators teach and how businesses develop a workforce with 21st century skills.

Homewood Science Center programs drawing participants from throughout the Chicago area

The participation numbers keep growing at the Homewood Science Center. Executive Director Edie Dobrez told village board members one program drew participants from 25 ZIP Codes. She presented the science center's 2017 annual report to the board at its meeting Aug. 14. 

Giant Block Party on Aug. 18 celebrates Homewood’s 125th anniversary

Homewood's 13th annual Giant Block Party on Aug. 18 will help celebrate its neighborhoods in recognition of the village’s 125th anniversary. The event downtown from noon until 9 p.m. will be on Martin Avenue between Ridge and Hickory roads.

Creativity abounds in STEAM Camp at James Hart School

The first District 153 STEAM Camp gave one student a chance to create replicas of Chicago’s downtown buildings, a team the opportunity to build a robot and another to produce a movie. It’s all part of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Homewood Science Center presents documentaries by Colton, D'Astici on Wednesday

Homewood Science Center's "HF Women in Documentary Filmmaking" program on Wednesday, June 20, will premier Eliana D'Astici's documentary film, "March through Generations," a look at three generations and their stand on women's issues. The film's title describes not only the story she tells, but how the Homewood-Flossmoor High School student's film got made: Two generations of documentary filmmakers collaborating to tell the story of three generations of local women joining a worldwide protest.

Cocktail Chemistry Challenge July 19 to support Homewood Science Center

Homewood Science Center (HSC) unveiled its plans for a summer fundraiser  this one for adults only  the Cocktail Chemistry Challenge on Thursday, July 19, at the center, 18022 Dixie Highway.

D153 SMART lab drawing teachers from across the country

The two-year-old SMART lab at James Hart School in Homewood has given District 153 teachers Katie Nigro and Cheri Pesina an opportunity to show off the lab to teachers from across the United States.

D161 board welcomes new Heather Hills principal

Heather Hills School in Flossmoor will have a new principal July 1. At its meeting Monday, May 14, the District 161 board approved the hiring of Ashley Holland. The board also approved the curriculum for the proposed STEAM lab at Serena Hills School and discussed a plan for restructuring student supervisory staff in the district.

Science via roller coasters: Hands-on learning works to reinforce concepts

Science is giving kids a thrill.
 
Through the magic of 21st century technology, first through fifth graders don 3D glasses to take a roller coaster ride at the Wexler Theater in the Homewood Science Center. 
 
They shriek and holler and raise their hands to the sky with all the fun and excitement they’d have at an amusement park.
 

Registration open for kids summer camps at Homewood Science Center

Four summer science camp programs for elementary, middle and junior high students are being organized by the Homewood Science Center.
 
Science Minors Club is designed for students in second through fifth grades. The week-long program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 11 through 15, offers early, hands-on exposure to science activities that builds curiosity and encourages teamwork. Topics cover science and engineering.
 

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