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STEM Situation Simulations

Join us for a STEM Speaker Series Event: SIT-SIMS Situation Simulations. One morning, two hands-on workshops.

Check in: 8:30 a.m.
Session 1: 9 - 10:30 a.m. (Registration required.)
Session 2: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Registration required.)
Open Session: 9 a.m. - 12: 15 p.m.
Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend the Open Session.

Choose two session from these six options:

Food Science: Magic Mixtures (Chemistry)
Laura Ferrini, Scientist, 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, 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 Activity (Biology)
Jonathan Chong, Instructor of Biology, Oakton Community College
Many important processes of life require enzymes (protein molecules) to speed up chemical reactions. Enzymes are sensitive to temperature and acidity (or pH). In this simulation, we will determine the effect of various temperature and pH on the catalytic 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, Oakton Community College
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. Pre-register online here.

Contact Gloria Liu at or 847.635.1738 with three workshop choices. (You will be assigned two.)

Sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM and the Student Government Association.

Event Details

Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.
Pre-registration is required.

Room 1610, Des Plaines

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