Futures Unlimited For Eighth Grade Girls and Gender Expansive Students

Numerous research (Why So Few by AAUW and Why It's Crucial to Get More Women into Science in the National Geographic) has shown that social and environmental factors are the reasons few women and girls are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields where STEM job salaries tend to be higher as compared to non-STEM fields. Diversity in STEM benefits the individual and society (Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters in Scientific American and Gender Lens investing by Joseph Quinlan and Jackie VanderBrug)

Futures Unlimited is a one-day educational program that provides eighth-grade girls and gender expansive students with exciting opportunities to explore diverse careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program includes sessions with role models comprised of women who have achieved success in a variety of non-traditional careers; hands-on workshops led by Oakton faculty, staff, and graduate students; and breakout sessions introducing STEM programming at area high schools. A registration fee of $5 per student includes materials and lunch. Up to two chaperones are complimentary. The registration fee for additional chaperones is $5.

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019, and Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

Tentative Agenda

8:50 - 9:20 a.m. Arrival and Check-in
9:20 - 9:25 a.m. Welcome - President Joianne Smith
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Role Model Panel
10:35 - 11:25 a.m. Workshop I
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. Workshop II
12:25 - 12:55 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Next Step Session with High Schools

Sample STEM Workshops

  • What chemicals are in your drinking water
  • Polymers
  • Alternative energy
  • Identity crisis! Are we more human or more microbe?
  • Why posture matters
  • Solar Energy

Schools interested in bringing your eighth-grade girls to this event should contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu or 847-635-1738. Registration deadline is Wed., Nov. 20, 2019. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

This program is made possible by the generous support for a fourth year in a row from the Oakton Educational Foundation as well as support from NSERVE. Mercedes-Benz USA and Mattel have teamed up to show children, particularly young girls, that they can aspire to be and do anything they desire. There are no limits. Oakton has been selected as a participant of the No Limits project. 

To those interested in supporting this valuable event, please contact Oakton Educational Foundation.