STEM

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.

Bill Beverly sets sights on NASA career

Bill Beverly of Homewood has a goal — he wants to work for NASA. Beverly’s excitement about his future profession derives from his selection for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program that gave him the opportunity recently to learn from engineers and scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Teens learn math and fighting fires go together

Fighting a fire with algebra? Teens at the Homewood Science Center’s “Pump It Up!” PopUp Science program found out just how much math is involved in the work of a firefighter. 
On Saturday, Sept. 23, teens got a math lesson from Homewood Fire Chief Bob Grabowski.

Robotics team’s competitive season starts with Sunday kickoff event

Homewood-Flossmoor’s Tech Ninja Team is kicking off its season Sunday.
 
The competitive robotics team is hosting an introductory event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
 

Hart School students learn about careers

  James Hart School seventh graders Charlie Van
  Etten, right, and Solomon Crawder donned surgical
  garb as past of the career fair at the school on

Hands-on learning abounds in District 153 Smart Lab

It’s the first period of the day and the room is full of seventh graders who pair up around the computers.  Each student is creating, writing or exploring using Homewood District 153’s Smart Lab equipment.

“They’re completely engaged. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said teacher Katie Nigro, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab facilitator.

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.

Community invited to Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for SMART Lab

Homewood District 153 invites the community to a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 18, that will officially open the SMART Lab at James Hart School, 18220 Morgan Ave.

Parents and residents will get a first-hand look between 6 and 7 p.m. at how students are using the lab to enhance learning in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as well as the creative and media arts (CMA).

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