C2ST achieves its mission by hosting relevant, independent, and credible public STEM programs across all scientific fields at locations throughout Chicagoland. With nine out of ten program attendees’ expectations fulfilled, our supporters agree that C2ST is accomplishing its mission of increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology.
We are dedicated to providing a professional and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Please be respectful of diversity in individuals and in cultures at our events.
Check out below what programs we have planned and discover what we’ve hosted in the past.
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November 9, 2023
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
How will AI shape our world and what must be done to regulate its use? We’ve invited experts to share their thoughts with you.
Artificial Intelligence – AI – is poised to make our jobs easier, augment what we do, and, perhaps inevitably, take over our jobs. AI is creating art (see our event graphic!), contributing to scientific discovery and medical advancements, composing narratives and poetry, beating us at chess, and polarizing our politics. What is the extent of this powerful tool and how are leaders in policy-making, R&D, law, and social justice grappling with this rapidly evolving technology? We’ve assembled a panel of just such leaders to discuss this topic with you!
Join us at 1871, the innovation hub, on November 9th to hear from these experts and ask your own questions. We can’t wait to learn with you!
September 23, 2023
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Big Marsh Park
Big Marsh Park, South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
Join the Chicago Park District, Friends of Big Marsh, the Geographic Society, the Wetlands Initiative and C2ST for the 6th Annual Birds, Bikes, and Beats festival at Big Marsh Park. This event is a celebration of the people, wildlife, and activities that help make Big Marsh Park a one-of-a-kind destination! The festival will include music, food, and fun. This event closes out a weekend of fun at the park that begins Saturday with our Biodiversity Festival – see our website for more information!
July 21, 2023
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
University of Illinois at Chicago - Student Center East Room 605
750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Are you experiencing information overload? Increase awareness and confidence in knowing types of communication and becoming allies in propagating ACCURATE information.
Empower yourself, bring friends and neighbors, and register NOW to attend this FREE workshop appropriate for ages 12+. *Please bring a SMART device
June 17, 2023
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Big Marsh Park
11559 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
Kickoff summer at the FREE inaugural Big Marsh Arts Festival, a family-focused event to celebrate local art and artists and recognize several recent art installations at Big Marsh Park. Guests are invited to participate in workshops and activities (pre-registration may be required), explore the park, bike, hike, and picnic and bring a bike or rent one here. The newly opened Nature Trail Café will feature summer sandwiches, wraps, and drinks.
*Weather permitting, most of the festival will take place outside, with the potential to hold a class or demonstration inside the Ford Calumet Environmental Center.
June 15, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV
When you hear the word “quantum,” does your mind jump immediately to science fiction? Well, our everyday reality is quickly catching up to what was make-believe! Quantum information science studies matter and energy at the most basic level. Researchers in the field aim to uncover the properties and behaviors of the very building blocks of nature.
Quantum information science (QIS) is an emerging field that spans computation, communication, precision measurement, and fundamental quantum mechanics. Quantum discoveries have been incorporated into our foundational understanding of materials, chemistry, biology, and astronomy. QIS is viewed through three main areas:
- Quantum Computing
- Quantum Communication
- Quantum Sensing