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Science takes the stage at STEMFest

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 12:27 p.m. CST

DeKALB – Children young and old are invited to bring their imagination and sense of wonder to the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a day of hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits focused on the marvels of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

STEMfest will wow spectators from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Introducing learners of all ages to cutting-edge technologies and intriguing science phenomena, STEMfest is a fun and enlightening event that will amaze students, parents and educators alike.

STEMfest 2012 will bring back favorite exhibits such as robotics challenges, Laser Lunacy, the Haunted Physics Lab, cow eyeball dissections, Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s health demonstrations and the Midwest Museum of Natural History’s bone and fossil collection and creepy petting zoo.

New exhibits and activities include the PBS Kids Learning Lab, which will feature activities related to the popular shows Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid; agricultural activities from the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Monsanto; and a Book Fair that will have STEM fiction and nonfiction books available for purchase

STEMfest is free and open to the public. The festival is supported by Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 3M, Abbott Labs and Dawn Equipment.

Free parking will be provided by NIU’s University Relations. Donations that support STEM Outreach’s year-round community activities will be accepted. To volunteer or learn more, visit niu.edu/stemfest.

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