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STEM Cafes


Feed Your Mind!

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

On Tap


Saturday, August 12, 7-10:30 p.m.
Rochelle Municipal Airport
1207 W. Gurler Road, Rochelle, IL 61068

Join NIU STEM Outreach for a dazzling evening of star gazing and viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which peaks mid-August. These brilliant meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky. Beginning at 7:15 p.m., experts will discuss the night sky and hot astrophysics topics. After dark, guests can watch for the meteor shower and view the night sky through their own telescopes or those provided by NIU. A $15 all-inclusive build your own burger & cash bar will be available for purchase, which will include juicy beef burger, veggie burgers, or chicken breast with fresh tomatoes, red onions, crisp lettuce, assorted cheeses, dill pickle spears, pasta salad and house-made potato chips.

Speakers for the evening include

  • Jeremy Benson, STEM Educator—The Sky Tonight: What’s Visible and What Causes a Meteor Shower?
  • Paul Stoddard, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Geosciences — Why Are Scientists So Excited about the Solar Eclipse?

  • Joel Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador—NASA’s Future Missions

This event is rain or shine!

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Mythology and the Eclipse, August 21 TBD

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 

See our past presentations!

Find out what STEM Cafés are all about.

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 815-753-4751 or

NIU's STEM Café is one of 51 Science Cafés in the United States. For more information about other Science Cafés throughout the world, go to