Columbia College Chicago Teen Summer Symposium

After weeks of hard work and preparation, teens from all over Chicago will show off their talents at the third annual Columbia College Chicago Teen Summer Symposium.

The Symposium will be held August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm at Columbia College Chicago-Stage 2  located at 618 S. Michigan Ave.

Teens from the ComEd Youth Ambassadors Downtown Region, Scientists for Tomorrow-James Hedges Elementary and the Junior Research Scientists, will present their work in front of their families and mentors.

The showcase has been the culminating event that the teens have been preparing for in the summer programs. It is an opportunity for the teens to practice public speaking, communicate their ideas to the public, social network and most of all to feel proud of their work.

For more information about the  Columbia College Chicago Teen Summer Symposium, you can contact



2014 STEAM Conference Success

Chicago May 3, 2014—The fourth annual STEAM Conference held at Northeastern Illinois University has once again proven to be a success!!! This year more than 700 students and parents participated in the event, attending a variety of more than 40 different hands-on STEAM workshops.

The yearly conference establiched by Aaron Cortes and Marcelo Caplan, co-chairs of the STEAM Conference was designed in collaboration between the Upward Bound Science and Math program at Northeastern Illinois University, and the Scientists for Tomorrow program at the Department of Science and Mathematics at Columbia College Chicago to facilitate middle schools and high schools students from the Chicago area to attend and also be able to present workshops to other teens fostering Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

The STEAM Conference was held at Northeastern Illinois University Campus on 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue. Twelve Scientists for Tomorrow’s community partners sites presented several workshops at the conference. Each community partner presented one of these workshops: Go Go Gadget Light, Circuit Monster, 3, 2, 1 Balloon Powered Cart, Magic Brain, LED Multi Color Lights, Fruity DNA, Mouse trap Cars, Play-Doh Squishy Circuits, The Music of Wind-Wind Chime Making, Sound with the Wind-Wind Chime Making and Art Bot. For a large description of the workshops visit the Conference Workshop Sessions Description at the

Keynote speaker for the 2014 STEAM Conference was Georgette Yakman, founding researcher and developer of STEAM, a framework for Teaching Across the Disciplines, and Dr. Graig Wilson Ph.D, Senior Outreach Associate, DMSE, TAMU & Director for the USDA/HSINP Future Scientists program.

The conference gathered more than 700 participants and presenters at the event. Next year’s STEAM conference will be on May 2, 2015. The location will be announced. For more details of the 2014 STEAM Conference click on this link:
2014 STEAM Conference Recap.pdf

Deadline to Register is April 25, 2014 – Register Today!!!

The TRiO Upward Bound Math and Science at Northeastern Illinois University and Columbia College Chicago in collaboration with Scientist for Tomorrow program, is proud to present the 4th Annual STEAM Conference held at Northeastern Illinois University in the main campus in the Alumna Hall, 5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625.
The  STEAM  Conference is a free event open to all middle grade and high school students as well as educators and parents. There will be Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Architecture/Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM)  project based, hands on workshops, led by middle, high school and college students as well as educators and STEM professionals.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 pm.
Workshops sessions include Mobile App Development, VEX robotics, CAD design with SketchUp, KODU game design, hands on science investigations and much more.
Registration for participants is required and space is limited! Registration deadline is April 25, 2014.
To register for the event click on the link below.
 The STEAM Conference goal is “to engage and foster STEM/STEAM education through project-based, career oriented and hands on activities. Motivating our youth to pursue greater enrollment in math and science courses in high school and consider a path into post secondary education in STEM/STEAM fields.” The conference was made possible by the collaboration between the Chicago Teachers’ Center at Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College Science and Math Department and the UBMS program.
 For more information visit
 UBMS STEAM Conference 2014 Save the Date pdf