Moraine Valley Community College will host its annual STEM Expo on Friday, April 26, for 750 seventh-grade students from several middle schools in its district. The morning-long event will be held on the college’s campus in Palos Hills.

The STEM Expo will allow students to participate in a variety of fun and informative STEM activities, led by Moraine Valley faculty and staff members and Moraine Valley students. In addition, some sessions will be led by guest presenters from Argonne National Laboratory, Museum of Science and Industry, Orland Park Public Library and local high schools.

A highlight of the event is the Exploration Zone, where attendees will participate in various STEM-related games and experiments and watch exciting demonstrations.

“The STEM Expo will showcase Moraine Valley’s excellent facilities, faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Paula DeAnda-Shah, associate professor of mathematics, science, business and computer technology and the STEM Center coordinator. “I am excited a majority of our activity facilitators in the Exploration Zone will be our own Moraine Valley students. It will be a great day of fun and exploration.”

In addition to the Exploration Zone, each participant will attend two 40-minute sessions that cover a wide range of STEM topics. Some of the 21 available sessions include:

  • Automotive Electronics in Practice
  • Build a Better Battery
  • Interactions with Animals
  • Logical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Physics Wonderland
  • Pond Life and Ecology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Skeletons, Specimens and Slides Biology Scavenger Hunt
  • Small Business Profitability
  • Squishy Circuits

Participating middle schools include Century Junior High School, Charles J. Sahs Middle School, Conrady Junior High, Elden D. Finley Junior High School, Heritage Middle School, Independence Junior High School, Jack Hille Middle School, Jerling Junior High School, Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, Orland Junior High School and Prairie Junior High School.


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