STEM Saturdays - Northern Illinois University - STEM Outreach

STEM Saturdays


Add some wonder to your weekend!

STEM Saturday classes help students explore interesting topics through hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations. Parents are encouraged to attend students' classes and get in on the fun. This season’s offerings include Lego Robotics, circuit building, computer programming, and STEM activities for young divas.


Swen Parson, Room 146, Normal Rd. 
DeKalb, IL 60115
NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563


Introduction to LEGO EV3 Robotics (Recommended ages 10 & up)

We’ll use LEGO EV3 robots to complete a series of training missions that familiarize students with the robots’ operations, capabilities, and programming environment.  Students who want to take the LEGO EV3 Space Challenge should attend this class unless they have experience with these kits.

DeKalb Campus- September 13, 1:00-4:00 PM

Naperville Campus- September 6, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM

Join the Maker Movement with Arduino! (Recommended ages 13 & up)

Arduinos are tiny computers you can program to control everything from flashing lights to satellites. Learn the basics of circuits, functions, and variables, and then control motors and sensors and plot data and graphs. You’ll even get to create an Arduino-powered gizmo! You can choose to take your two-session course in DeKalb or Naperville.

DeKalb Course

September 13, 9:00-Noon, November 15, 9:00-Noon

Naperville Course

September 20, 1:00-4:00 PM, November 22, 1:00-4:00 PM

LEGO EV3 Robotics: Space Challenge (Recommended ages 10 & up)

Landing humans on the surface of the red planet is a lot of work, but planning the mission with LEGO EV3 Robotics is a lot of fun! The LEGO Space Challenge will develop students' programming and problem solving skills as they work in teams to complete 6 missions over the course of 3 sessions. You can choose to take your three-session course in DeKalb or Naperville.

DeKalb Course

September 27, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM, October 25, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM, November 8, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM 

Naperville Course

September 20, 9:00-Noon or 1:00 – 4:00 PM, October 4, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM, November 1, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM

STEM Divas (Recommended ages 8 to 13)

Brainy is beautiful! Add some sparkle to your Saturday classes by using chemistry to create lip gloss, manufacturing rings and earrings on a 3D printer, decorating hats with littleBits electronics, weaving bracelets with conductive thread, and more! Sign up for either or both classes. 

DeKalb Campus- November 15, 1:00-4:00 PM

DeKalb Campus- November 22, 1:00-4:00 PM

Computer Programming with Scratch (Recommended ages 10 & up)

Learn to use Scratch, a fun and intuitive programming environment that makes it easy to create and share your own animations, presentations, apps, and even games! 

DeKalb Campus- December 6, 9:00-Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM

Holiday Party (All ages)

The annual STEM Saturday Holiday Party is our way of saying thanks to everyone who has participated in STEM Saturdays.  We'll present a winter-themed show for students and their families, and then the kids will make STEM crafts while parents learn about some of our favorite STEM-related gift ideas.  This event is free for families who have a student enrolled in at least one Fall 2014 STEM Saturday class.

DeKalb Campus- December 13, 9:00-Noon


Register for classes at DeKalb Campus 
Swen Parson, Room 146, Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Register for classes at Naperville Campus
NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563