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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

Neutrinos: Ghostly Particles That Could Be the Key to the Universe
Tuesday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Eduardo’s in DeKalb,
214 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Fermilab’s Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (Dune) is one of the world’s largest and most fascinating scientific investigations, and it’s happening in our own backyard. This mega-science experiment seeks to understand neutrinos. These tiny, nearly weightless particles were born at the dawn of the cosmos and may hold the key to fundamental questions about the universe.

Join Northern Illinois University’s Mike Eads to explore the mysteries of neutrinos and see how NIU and DUNE are working together to understand this missing piece in modern-day particle physics.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • The Invisible Hand, November 16, 2017, location TBD

  • Opiate Epidemic, December TBD

  • Synthetic Biology, TBD

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 



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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

Teen Cafés

NIU Teen STEM Cafés are designed by students with students in mind. As with our traditional STEM Cafés, our Teen STEM Cafés highlight hot topics in STEM. Our Teen STEM Cafés are offered in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and supported by Caterpillar.

Teen Cafés are open to the public, but registration is required. Check back regularly for upcoming events and registration details.

NIU and IMSA are recruiting more high schools for the 2017-18 school year. Contact Judith Dymond at if your school or organization would like to host an event, involve your teens in the Teen Café Leadership Team, or with questions.