For the fifth year, the Meadow Glens School Family Community Partnership assembled dozens of the region’s premier science and technology companies and organizations for its annual STEM Discovery Night on pi (π) Day, Thursday, March 14th. The annual event has become an exciting tradition for Meadow Glens students and families to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Over 60 thrilling demonstrations, activities, and games, were provided by local professors, engineers, scientists and other STEM professionals representing 39 different groups. Highlights of the evening were found at booths run by the Adler Planetarium, Argonne, Nokia, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab, UIC Motorsports, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the City’s police, engineering, electric, and water departments. The Field Museum’s T.Rex, SUE, was featured in discussions and videos from the museum’s Head of Geological Collections. U. S. Representative Bill Foster, the only physicist in Congress, who attended the school’s inaugural event in 2015, returned tonight and gladly mingled among students and parents. NCHS students from Mu Alpha Theta were terrific role models to the younger students engaging them in various math games.
STEM Discovery Night has been successful each year in large part due to its many volunteers and supporters. Benedictine University students in physics and chemistry demonstrated on physical science experiments loaned from Fermilab. NCHS students in National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, along with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts, assisted with set-up, sign-in, and cleanup. Dedicated Meadow Glens parents served the STEM professionals and volunteers a buffet of pizza, wings, assorted snacks, and of course, pie. This year’s event was generous supported by Boeing, Charles Schwab, Maple Park Dental Care, Realty Executives Premiere (Wheaton), and Little Pop’s Pizzeria.