August 28, 2024
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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How do we measure air quality? What causes poor air quality? Are there particular things humans do that impact air quality the most?

The quality of the air we breathe every day can have large impacts on our health and wellness. Scientists are working to learn more about what exactly causes poor air quality in certain areas as well as working to find solutions to help improve the air quality in the places we live and work. Join C2ST virtually on Aug 28th from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm as we talk with Dr. Daniel Horton, Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University, and Aryiana C Moore, 4th year PhD candidate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology to find out more. We will hear about their current research as well as get a chance to ask questions.

Join us for an illuminating panel discussion on the transformative future of air travel, Electric Horizons: The Future of Sustainable Air Travel. As the aviation industry faces increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact, alternative fuels emerge as a beacon of innovation and sustainability. This event will bring together leading experts, innovators, and industry pioneers to explore the cutting-edge developments and challenges in sustainable aviation. Join C2ST at Harold Washington Library on August 12th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and talk with Venkat Srinivasan, the director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory, Joseph P. Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University, and R. Eric Jones, Associate Dean and Professor of Aviation at Lewis University.

June 19, 2024
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, East 56th Place, Chicago, IL, USA

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Look through a microscope, explore Chicago native plants and animals, and learn about science that is protecting our environment. C2ST is hosting the Science Lab at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center’s Juneteenth celebration. We will have a variety of hands-on science activities, science resources, and more.

The Du Science Lab is one part of the DuSable’s Juneteenth celebration. To find out more about all the different activities and performances happening check out the DuSable’s event pages by clicking the button.

June 13, 2024
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

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Check out the Nature Museum after hours! C2ST will be at the Nature Museum’s Summer Nature Fest on June 13th!

Come check us out and the other great science and nature booths and activities.

The Summer Nature Fest includes live animals, outdoor nature play, drop-by scientist tables, live music and so much more!  Be sure to see the outdoor art installation, Flight of the Butterflies, before these large sculptures take flight and land across the city. Soak it all in with good food, good drinks, and a view of North Pond under the city skyline.

$5 Admission includes access to all Museum exhibits and discounted rates are available through the Museums for All Program.


June 7, 2024
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Museum of Science and Industry Front Lawn
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, South DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

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Join us at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Kick-off to Summer Picnic. We will be sharing some awesome space science and experimenting with stomp rockets to celebrate the launch of summer!

Bring your picnic blanket and sunscreen, play some lawn games, and enjoy hands-on activities with STEM community partners from across the city at this event on the Museum’s north lawn. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, while supplies last. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Museum Entry requires a ticket purchase. 

May 7, 2024
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Irene C. Hernandez Middle School

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Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are important skills to develop for 21st-century careers. At Hernandez Middle School (HMS), all students work on developing these skills throughout their classes. At the STEM event, participants will engage in activities related to one of the 5C’s that shows connections between STEM, the Arts, and their daily lives. This nights theme is Spring into STEM and includes engineering challenges, maker space adventures and a catapult challenge. 

 *This event is closed to the general public and is only open to HMS families. If you would like to volunteer at events like this in the future or learn more about how to support future STEM nights, click the button above.