March 23, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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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

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January 26, 2023
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Irene C. Hernandez Middle School
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School, West 55th Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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The goal of our ‘full STEAM ahead’ event is to ignite curiosity in STEM and the Arts.

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 STEAM event, participants will engage in activities related to one of the 5C’s that shows connections between STEM and the Arts. Possible sessions include: visualizing sound via an oscilloscope, creating your own phonograph, and sensing interference patterns via sound.


*This event is closed to the general public and is only open to HMS families. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved, please click the link above!

November 3, 2022
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Burning Bush Brewery
4014 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618, USA

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A night of wild conservation science while imbibing on Burning Bush Brewery craft brews and nomming on delicious eats in support of C2ST.

Join us for Science, Brews, and Food!

Come check out one of Chicago’s most well-known breweries and mingle with other STEM enthusiasts and professionals! In between beers, snacks and networking hear from Phil Nicodemus, who has been working on Chicago’s Wild Mile.


Additionally, C2ST will be hosting this year’s Hidden No More Delegation from WorldChicago,  which features female leaders representing various scientific disciplines from around the world.

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October 20, 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Simpson Querrey Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Why do certain groups have stronger protection against aging than others? What are neuroscientists discovering about aging and dementia? What are the clinical implications of aging with HIV infection? Is heart disease inevitable with aging?

Longevity research has transformed in recent years:

  • Our focus has shifted from prolonging lifespan and instead we are looking to extend something called “healthspan”.
  • Scientists have identified genetic variants in certain groups of people that slow their aging process
  • The way we measure age has changed.

With 95 million Americans expected to be 65 or older by 2060 (nearly a quarter of the population), the science of longevity has become more critical to our individual and collective future. Join us to learn about new developments in the study of aging, how people are prolonging their “healthspan,” and much more!


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October 18, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Waubonsee Community College Latinx Resource Center, Room 250
Waubonsee Community College, South River Street, Aurora, IL, USA

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How do Latine people negotiate their various identities while navigating the STEM world? What methods can we employ to imagine a different STEM landscape–one that is free from the barriers that Latine people face in STEM? How can we foster transformative, critical thinkers within the Latine/x community to best equip them with the challenges they will face should they choose to pursue STEM?

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Explore the Night Sky is a GO for tonight!

Ready to see the night sky in a whole new light? As we continue our Science in the Parks series, we are excited to journey across the cosmos with the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Chicago Astronomy Crew led by “Astro” Joe Guzman, certified by NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, and–of course–the Chicago Park District to bring astronomy to Link in West Pullman Park!

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