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Unleashing Beautiful Minds!

Add sparkle to your Saturday with some sassy STEM activities such as 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 much more!

NIU female STEM students assist in facilitation and instruction with an approximate ratio of one facilitator per two girls. Participants learn and use the engineering design cycle in the design and creation of their projects, and work directly with facilitators to address stereotypes regarding females in STEM head-on through discussion and activities. STEM Divas classes are recommended for ages 7 and up, unless otherwise indicated.

February 6 – STEM Divas 3D Printing

Meeting Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Room:  NIU STEM Classroom (Swen Parson 146)

Our STEM Divas program unleashes beautiful minds by introducing younger girls to positive female STEM role models, through engaging projects that relate to their own lives and interests. 3D printers are being used to create the impossible every day, even printing real working organs! This STEM Divas session will be all about the amazing world of 3D printing!  Divas will create their own 3D printed masterpieces as they design and print their own jewelry, keychains, and artwork using our 3D Printers.

Suggested Ages:  7 and up
Price: $42
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March 12 – STEM Divas: Music

Meeting Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Room:  NIU STEM Classroom (Swen Parson 146)

Our STEM Divas program unleashes beautiful minds by introducing younger girls to positive female STEM role models, through engaging projects that relate to their own lives and interests. In this session, our Divas will explore the world of music and song as they learn how instruments create sounds, and how those sounds work together to create music. Divas will then use what they’ve learned to create their very own simple musical instruments.

Suggested Ages:  7 and up
Price: $42
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April 2 – STEM Divas: Tie Dye

Meeting Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Room:  NIU STEM Classroom (Swen Parson 146)

Our STEM Divas program unleashes beautiful minds by introducing younger girls to positive female STEM role models, through engaging projects that relate to their own lives and interests. This session will be all about the chemistry of color!  Divas will learn about how dyes are made, and how different dyes can be used to color different materials. All students will also get to create their very own tie-dyed garment to take home and keep!

Suggested Ages:  7 and up
Price: $42
Register here!

May 7 – STEM Divas: Stop Motion Animation

Meeting Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Room:  NIU STEM Classroom (Swen Parson 146)

Our STEM Divas program unleashes beautiful minds by introducing younger girls to positive female STEM role models, through engaging projects that relate to their own lives and interests. In this class we’ll be bringing our imaginations to the screen, using stop motion animation. Divas are encouraged to bring a small toy or other object they’d like to see come to life, and we’ll supply everything else they need to create their very own short animation project!

Suggested Ages: 7 and up
Price: $42
Register here!

June 27-30 – STEM Divas Daycamp

Grades 2-5
9:00am - 3:00pm

Join STEM Divas for a very special, four day summer camp. STEM Divas is an initiative geared towards creating a community of confident female leaders and learners age seven and up who embrace femininity while using hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). We’ve lined up a great group of female role models to help facilitate the fun and learning. Divas will create several projects during the week using the new skills they learn at camp. Using tools and gaining skills is empowering and that’s what this week is all about. Divas will develop skills in planning, designing and evaluating their creations, but will also learn to solder, use hand tools, and advance their technology skills. Projects vary by age, but each Diva will bring home an electronics project, a woodworking project, and a technology related creation. Campers will also explore the biology just outside our door on our campus.

Campers should bring a bag lunch Monday through Wednesday and healthy snacks for a short morning and afternoon break each day. On Thursday, we will provide a pizza party lunch.


Want to partner with or support STEM Divas or looking for additional information?
Contact NIU STEM Outreach Associate Pettee Guerrero at (815) 753-0533 or stemoutreach@niu.edu

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NIU STEM Outreach's STEM Divas initiative creates a community of confident female leaders and learners age seven and up who embrace femininity while using hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.

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