SfT Families Reconnect with the Natural World

On May 23rd, 2015, Scientists for Tomorrow had over 120 students, instructors and parents attend the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. For many participants this was the first time they visited the nature museum which is located on 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Chicago.

The day was filled with diverse activities, encouraging SfT families to reconnect with the natural world. Participants observed and learned about the life of the butterflies and moths at the Butterfly Haven. Later, they sketched in detail a live Darkling Beetle and a Box Turtle. Participants further learned about animals and their behaviors in the Ethogram exhibit.

As the day continued students and their parents joined together to engage in the “Nature  Scavenger Hunt” and the “Habitat Explorers” activities, both providing them a chance to explore the beautiful park outside by the North Pond.   They also learned about how canals work in the “Water and You” exhibit, where they were able to manipulate water flow in miniature towns and dams.

David Bild, the Peggy NoteBaert Nature Museum Coordinator for Teen and Young Adult programs led the Native Plant workshop in which he talked about the history of plants native to Illinois. At the end of the workshop David gave all of the participants seeds and plants, giving them a little bit of nature to take home with them.

For the closing session, families had a lot to take away from this exciting event, granted with the occasion to view nature in a new and appreciative way.

For more information about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you can visit them at http://www.naturemuseum.org


Northeastern Illinois University together with Columbia College Chicago, would like to extend to you a formal invitation to be part of  our fifth annual STEAM Conference May 2, 2015, held at Northeastern Illinois University located on 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 at 10:00am.

The STEAM conference provides youth and their families with a non-risk environment explore activities fostering  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture/Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM), as well as introduce them to careers related to STEAM. Through student-led, project-based, and career-oriented workshops, the STEAM conference gives the opportunity for participants to increase their motivation to pursue careers in STEM.

To register for the event visit www.steamconf.org

STEAM conference flyer 2015













Filip Zadro – Clinton Global Initiative CGIU

Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT) would like to congratulate one of its staff members, Filip Zadro for the  national recognition he has achieved for his environment-friendly project that helps areas that lack a safe source of water.

Filip is a senior audio arts and acoustics major who was chosen to represent Columbia College Chicago at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU). CGIU is an annual conference that selects students from colleges and universities from all parts of the country to come together and discuss and present solutions to global issues.

There, Filip had the chance to present his project, a system that provides poverty-stricken communities around the world with access to clean water. In developing this project, Filip worked closely with both Marcelo Caplan, Associate Professor of the Science and Mathematics Department and co-founder of SfT and David Morton, Director of the Science and Visualization Lab.

SfT is sincerely proud of Filip’s achievements and trusts that he will continue to make great strides in the world.