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



Community Partners Meeting August 29, 2014

Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT) will host a Community Partners meeting on Friday, August 29th, 2014 from 9:00-12:00pm at Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., room 401.  For those organizations that are interested in our 2014-2015 SfT program, we invite the directors of the centers, as well as the program coordinators to join us for a discussion about important topics involving SfT in the community sites and the upcoming school year.

During the meeting, we will introduce the results of our external evaluation, and share best practices developed by different community centers; to improve recruitment and retention of participants as well as parents involvement in the project.This meeting is mandatory for those of you that are interested in running our program in your sites. To have a successful and smooth year of activities, it is necessary to set a calendar as soon as possible, to allow us to designate the resources to better serve your communities.

Agenda will include:

  • Introduction of the Scientists for Tomorrow program
    • Evaluations from 2013-2014
    • Important Start and End dates
    • “Science Family Day” and Important Events
  • Scientists for Tomorrow Requirements
    • Professional Development for Instructors
    • IRB Consent Forms
    • Pre-Post Tests
    • Instructor Activity Journals
    • Director, Coordinator and Community Member Surveys
    • Toolbox  pickup and delivery times
  • Common Problems and Suggestions
    • A focus on parent involvement
    • Retention


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