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Situation Simulations (SIT-SIMs)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Oakton Community College, Room 1610
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines

Students in middle school, high school, and college are invited to meet with industry representatives to learn about two of the following STEM fields:

  • Biology (Food and Health)
  • Engineering, Alternative energy
  • Ecology
  • Nano Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Supply Chain

RSVP required by April 21, 2014.

8:45 Check-in
9:00 Session 1
10:30 Break
10:45 Session 2
12:15 Evaluation


Tasting Flavors of Nutrition and Dietetics Jen Heine, Independent Consultant
Learn about the different career directions of dietetics including: Clinical, Education, Food Service and Sports Nutrition.

Owl Predation, Rodent Anatomy, and Statistical Analysis Paul Gulezian, Ph.D., Oakton Community College
The barn owl (Tyto alba) is the most abundant and widespread of all owl species in the world, occurring on every continent (but Antarctica) and in most habitats outside of desert and polar regions. Participants will learn about some of the basic ecology and behavior of barn owls in addition to dissecting barn owl pellets to determine which species constitute the diets of owls from two different populations. Prey present in the pellets will be identified to species, and individual bones will be classified and measured as well. Working as a group, participants will also learn how to use statistical analysis to test if owls from the two populations are catching significantly different sizes of prey.

A Sense of Scale: How Small is Small When Working at the Nanoscale? Reza Dai, Oakton Community College
Today, engineers, scientists and technicians from every branch of science are working at the nanoscale. The United States government has invested almost 20 billion dollars in this endeavor. At the same time this nanoscale is 1 billionth of a meter! How small are nanoscale objects? How do we create objects at this scale or even see them? What does working at the nanoscale mean for us when objects we see are millions or billions of times larger? In this presentation, students will begin to gain a sense of scale and understand what it takes to work at the nanoscale. They will learn what excites and drives scientists and engineers to work on this challenging realm and what it may ultimately mean for us. With the global scientific focus on working at this scale some have called the work being done at the nanoscale a potentially new industrial revolution.

Supply Chain Management Jerry Field, Oakton Community College
Introduction to the basics of supply chain for success in managing a company.

Solar Energy Circuit Design Majid Ghadiri, Oakton Community College
Students use digital electronics circuitry to design, build, and test a model solar-powered vehicle.

Math on my mind: The power of modeling in mathematics, statistics, and computing Maryam Khan, Oakton STEM alumna
This interactive workshop reveals the fun and practical sides of how mathematics may be applied to solving real world issues.

Calculating Daylight Factors William Huchting, Director makeArchitecture
Learn about daylight factors, one of many aspects of designing and building a home.

Please fill out this registration form for each person who will attend two workshops. You will be assigned two workshops.

* = required field


Nutrition and Dietetics
Owl Predation
Nano Technology
Supply Chain Management
Solar Energy
Mathematical Modeling

Nutrition and Dietetics
Owl Predation
Nano Technology
Supply Chain Management
Solar Energy
Mathematical Modeling

Nutrition and Dietetics
Owl Predation
Nano Technology
Supply Chain Management
Solar Energy
Mathematical Modeling

Contact STEM

Joe Kotowski
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
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