Our inaugural STEM Expo was held on May 5, 2017. Since then, annually in the spring, the STEM Expo hosts district seventh graders at Moraine Valley to engage in fun, educational and hands-on STEM activities. The event is free and requires middle schools to complete an application to participate. Participating schools are encouraged to bring diverse students – from students already extremely interested in STEM to students that may have never considered a career in STEM.

Our STEM Expo is unique in that students participate in three or more small group sessions on a specific topic with a designated STEM workforce or faculty presenter. This component of our Expo is in addition to a keynote session and time in our Exploration Zone, which is set up in the more traditional exhibition hall format.

Past small-group session topics have included:

  • Architecture is Science, Math and Art
  • Automotive Electronics in Practice
  • Brain Games!
  • Build a Better Battery
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Cadaver Demonstration
  • Interactions with Animals
  • KidRec – Fit Minds and Bodies
  • Logical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Particle Accelerators
  • Physics Wonderland
  • Probabilities and Dungeons and Dragons
  • Ready, Set, SET! The Math Behind the Game of SET
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Skeletons, Specimens and Slides Biology Scavenger Hunt
  • Small Business Profitability
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Using Probability to (Probably) Win Games
  • Veggie Chemicals – How you Can Turn Corn into Slime and More

Contact stem@morainevalley.edu for more information.