STEAM

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.
 

IJP Students Revved Up at Energy Fair

On March 22, Flossmoor was host to a community event where residents could gain extensive knowledge on the development of alternative energy sources, including biomass, solar and geothermal power.

Deadline Feb. 12 for 2nd Girls STEAM Ahead program

The Homewood Science Center is accepting applications from girls in seventh through 12th grades for its second Girls STEAM Ahead program on Feb. 24.
 
This free event will bring girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) the opportunity to meet with professional women and to show off their own inventions and creations. The registration deadline is Feb. 12. The online application is available at homewoodsciencecenter.org.

Kids learn about construction while having fun with cardboard

It's a truism among parents that whenever you give a kid a fancy new toy that was at the top of their Christmas list, the first thing they do is play with the box it came in.

Taking that phenomenon further, the Homewood Science Center provided a big pile of cardboard, kid-safe tools and a couple of project ideas Friday night, Jan. 6, and not even bitterly cold temperatures could keep kids away.

Homewood Public Library to host 'Maker Meetup' on Saturday

Whether you make things and would like to meet other creative people or whether you want to learn how to make something, the Homewood Public Library's Maker Meetup: a STEAM Faire will be the place to be on Saturday, June 4. 

Homewood seeks fearless, visionary director to lead community's new science center

Homewood officials posted an advertisement this week seeking applicants for the executive director of the Homewood Science Center, hoping to attract a visionary leader for the post. The board is seeking a professional who can "build an organization from the ground up that positively impacts the lives of thousands of people." The job description asks candidates to think big. 

Groups begin using future science center as project planning continues

Community groups are making use of the building while planning continues for the future Homewood Community Science Center. A 501(c)3 organization is being formed to oversee the continued development of the center, but in the meantime, the space will be used by clubs and other organizations to begin the

Homewood seeks board members for new science center organization

Area residents who want to support the development of the Homewood Community Science Center have a new opportunity — and an approaching deadline. The next formal step in developing the Homewood Community Science Center will be the formation of a nonprofit organization to guide the development and operation of the center, and village officials are seeking volunteers to serve on the first board of directors for the new 501(c)3 corporation.

First phase of Homewood science center development finished, trustees vote to start next phase

Homewood trustees voted 5 to 1 on Tuesday, July 28, to keep the community science center project moving forward. The first phase, a conceptual plan, was presented to the board by project leader Rachael Jones and two members of the local advisory board, Betsy Soehren-Jones and Irv Anderson. 

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