STEM Events

2016-2017 STEM Speaker Series

STEM Youth Program including Robotics for Girls workshop, American Mathematics Competition preparation workshop, and summer STEM camp for middle school students

Oakton Society of Women Engineers (Oakton SWE)
Every other Monday at 2pm, Room 2546 Des Plaines and video conferencing at Skokie Room C240

Join Oakton Society of Women Engineers to learn how to start a career in engineering and support women in engineering. Oakton SWE CIG meets biweekly on Mondays at 1pm in Room 2701 Des Plaines. Contact for more information or to join.

Oakton Math Club
Tuesdays at 2pm, Room 2701 Des Plaines

Join other Oakton students to talk about the beauty of mathematics. Contact for more information.

Oakton IEEE

Contact for more information or to join Oakton IEEE. This student organization meets Tuesdays from 3:30p to 5:30p in Room 2701, Des Plaines.

Applied Math in Action
Tue., May 2, 2pm, Room Lee Ctr 210, Des Plaines and simulcast in Room C240, Skokie

Graduate students from Northwestern University will speak on:
Module 1: The Math Behind Netflix Rebecca Gobel Menssen and Angelia Wang
In our digital world, information about who we are and what we like is being collected at an amazing rate. As we conduct Internet searches, watch movies, download apps, or write emails, we are unknowingly providing data. This information can then be used to personalize a user's experience on the web by predicting their interests. Discuss the basic concepts behind classification and prediction algorithms through the example of Netflix, how it recommends titles, and how it can be led astray.

Module 2: Watching Mice Think: The Intersection
of Math, Chemistry, and Neuroscience Brita Schneiders, Lionel Fisk, and Joel Eliason
Being able to watch brain activity in living mice has helped scientists better understand how humans learn. To do this, scientists have taken advantage of known chemical theory to make brain cells fluoresce (light up) when they fire. Using differential equations, mathematicians can predict what is going on beneath the surface and infer details that cannot be observed directly in the lab.

Module 3: ‘Ask a Grad’ (panel discussion) Led by Sara Clifton
All the grad student facilitators will sit down for an informal discussion about why they chose to pursue a Ph.D.,
how they got where they are, what they enjoy most about their research, and what they hope to do in the future.
Questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.

2017-2018 STEM Speaker Series

STEM Scouts Junior Lab (for grades 3 through 5)

STEM Scouts Technology Lab (for grades 6 through 8)

Please contact Kristen Vogt at for more information and to register for 2017-2018.

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) for 12th graders and younger

Oakton hosts various AMC for 8th graders and younger in November as well as 10th graders and younger and 12th graders and younger in February. To researve a seat to participate, register online.

AMATYC Student Mathematics League - Mathematics Competition for Oakton Students

Oakton hosts the AMATYC Student Mathematics League for Oakton Students on Mon., Oct. 23 and Mon., Feb. 26 from 2pm to 4pm. Participants have 60 minutes to answer 20 multiple-choice questions for a chance to win an award from Oakton. Students may arrive as late as 3pm on the scheduled date to participate in the competition, but students who finish answering questions early will not be allowed to leave competition site before 3pm. Names of top performers are forwarded to AMATYC SML to be ranked with other students for national recognition and a chance to win the Charles Miller Memorial Scholarship. Students may use any scientific or graphing calculator that does not have a QWERTY keyboard. Past competition questions and answer key are available at AMATYC SML Competition Questions page.

USA Science +  Engineering Festival at Oakton

Sat., TBA, 10:00a to 2:30p, Rooms 1608 and 1610 Des Plaines

Free and open to the public. Appropriate for families and college students. This year's companies and organizations: Am Society of Civil Engineers - UIC, American Nuclear Society, Civil Air Patrol - Illinois Wing, Hamfesters Radio Club, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Oakton Nursing, Optical Society of Chicago, Illinois Science & Arts Academy, STEM Scouts, The Think Tank - University of Chicago, AeroVista Innovations, International Foundation of Microbiology and Science Skills Center, and Altebot. We invite companies and organizations to join us next year on Sat., TBA.
Companies and organizations interested in serving as an exhibitor and/or workshop presenter in 2018 should contact Gloria Liu at

 Complete STEM-related activities may be found online.

Many Thanks to:

Oakton's Student Government Association who voted to support the 2016-2017 STEM Lecture Series. This will allow CP-STEM to bring STEM speakers to campus and offer hands-on workshops.

Oakton's Educational Foundation who awarded the Center for Promoting STEM a grant in 2016-2017 to provide an internship stipend to students who successfully complete STEM research course, present their findings, and spend a minimum number of hours on the project.

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