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CP-STEM Parent and Community Resources

CP-STEM offers access to resources for parents and the community through collaborations with high schools and special events.

Special Event:

Situation Simulations (Career Exploration)

Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 8:30a to 12:15p
Oakton Community College, Room 1610
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines

One Morning, Two Hands-On Workshops
Check in: 8:30 a.m.
Session 1: 9-10:30 a.m.
Session 2: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Open Session runs 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Registration required for Sessions I and II. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend the open session.

This is your chance to learn from industry representatives!

Choose two sessions from these six options:

Food Science: Magic Mixtures (Chemistry)
Laura Ferrini, Scientist at Kraft Foods
Maria Tanner, Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Illinois Institute of Technology

Water and oil don't normally mix, but bringing these two opposites together is crucial for many foods. The scientific secret that makes this magic possible is emulsion.  Explore how simple and accessible ingredients can be used to create emulsions that improve the quality of many familiar food products.

Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems (Biology, Ecology)
Michelle Groves, Instructor of Biology, Oakton Community College

How do our actions affect the environment in which we live? Take a look at Lake Oakton and the Des Plaines River, take water samples to analyze in the lab, and collect macroinvertebrates to determine the health of these two ecosystems.

Art and Science of industrial and Systems Engineering (Industrial Engineering)
Houshang Darabi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Explore the world of industrial and systems engineering – where engineering meets business. Learn how this unique discipline develops and evaluates integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, and more. Find out how to earn a degree in this fascinating field – and how industrial and systems engineering tools can help you make important personal decisions.

The Effect of Temperature and pH on Enzyme (Biology)
Jonathan Chong, Instructor of Biology, Oakton Community College

Many important processes of life require enzymes (protein molecules) to speed up chemical reactions. These enzymes are sensitive to temperature and acidity (or pH); explore the effect of various temperatures and pH on the activity of an extracellular enzyme called pancreatic amylase enzyme.

Meeting Uncertain Demand (Mathematics)
Andy Roach, Instructor of Mathematics, Oakton Community College

How do vendors know how many items to stock when they can't predict how many customers they will have or how much product they will demand? If the vendor stocks too few items, they will run out and miss possible sales. If they stock too much, they incur storage costs and risk spoilage. Develop a model that can determine optimal production targets in the face of uncertain demand.

Alternative Energy (Engineering, Alternative Energy)
Majid Ghadiri, Professor and Chair, Electronics and Computer Technologies
Angelo Gero, Instructor of Electronics
Oakton Community College

Use digital electronics circuitry to design, build, and test a model solar-powered vehicle.

This event is free, however pre-registration is required. Contact Gloria Liu at or 847.635.1738 with your top three workshop choices. (You will be assigned to two.)
Sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM and Oakton Student Government

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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