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STEM iTech 2007

Explore the Future at Oakton Community College at iTECH

Friday, April 13, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Keynote: Dr. Monica Regalbuto, Argonne National Laboratory
"Developing Safe Nuclear Energy to Meet Growing Global Demand"

Featured Activity: Students and teachers choose from 10 interactive "Situation Simulations," led by Oakton faculty and valued industry partners. SIT-SIM Modules are limited to 20 students each.

Students attend two SIT SIM Modules, one during each breakout session.

Disease Detectives (Biotechnology) – In a world threatened by AIDS, SARS, and biological warfare, how do scientists track diseases? Participants will simulate the outbreak of an infectious agent, and use rapid diagnostic technology to see if they are "infected."

Busted! (Crime Forensics) – Police are fighting crime in exciting new ways, through biometrics, thermal imaging, and video surveillance. Participants will be introduced to facial reconstruction software and learn how infrared technology helps catch criminals in the dark.

Game Maker (Animation and Gaming) – Create your own computer game without having to write a single line of code. Using drag-and-drop actions, participants will develop their own videogame, complete with backgrounds, animated graphics, music, and sound effects.

Tag, You're It (RFID)– Primarily used in supply chain management and security applications, radio frequency identification (RFID) improves data accuracy while reducing time and labor costs. Participants will track themselves and each other in a high tech game of tag.

Web 2.0 (Blogs and Podcasts) – Transparent data retrieval on the Web has been made easier for programmers through the release of AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML). Participants will create a podcast using Audacity, and upload it to a blog for later access.

Fab Lab (3D Printing) – Rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, is being used to reduce the "time to market" cycle for new products. Participants will explore this new technology and learn its applications – and limitations – in CAD product development and engineering.

Digital Bird Call (Circuit Design) – Learn how to design a circuit that will reproduce the frequencies of a bird call. Participants will start with a design, and move on to construction and testing. At the end of the day, take your circuit project home and pester your own pet.

Thinking Small To Do Big Things (Nanotechnology) – Nanoscience is one of the most stimulating research fields of the 21st century. That's because materials change fundamentally at the nano level. Participants in this workshop will explore future nanoscale applications.

What's That Sound? (Automotive Engineering) – How do engineers work to eliminate vibration in automobile components? Participants will explore the applied physics of resonance, which is manifest in the sound of musical instruments, as well as in the ebb and flow of ocean tides.

Oakton and NSERVE welcome participating high schools: Evanston Township; Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South; Maine East, Maine South, Maine West; New Trier; and Niles North, Niles West.

Sponsored by NSERVE, Oakton Community College, and the National Science Foundation.

Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion
Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie, Illinois 60076

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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