STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a national, regional and local initiative emphasizing the need to increase global competitiveness in these areas. As a result, workplace opportunities are growing for students seeking occupations in the STEM fields.
STEM Opportunities at Moraine Valley
The Engineering Pathways program offered at Moraine Valley is a smart and cost-effective way to guarantee transfer admission into the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This competitive program is designed for high school seniors who plan to enroll as first-time college students at Moraine Valley for the fall semester following graduation. Students who are female, low income, first generation, and/or from underrepresented ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.
The Skyway STEM Competition is a poster contest for Illinois college students designed to encourage participation in STEM-related disciplines. Students pose a question and use inquiry-based methods from their respective fields to investigate their topic. Students have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member to identify a research topic of interest and submit it for consideration. The deadline for topic submission is prior to the end of the fall semester. Up to ten student topics are selected and students are supported in their research and poster creation through the spring semester. The top posters compete at the regional competition. Students interested in participating should contact Dean Ryen Nagle at email@example.com.
There are various student clubs available to Moraine Valley students interested in learning about and engaging in STEM. Student clubs are a great way to explore areas of STEM you love and those that you may not yet be familiar with, all while getting to know your peers and having fun. Some of our STEM-related clubs include: STEM Club, Robotics Club, Math Club, Psychology Club, Student Nursing Organization and the Forensics Organization. View our STEM Events calendar to learn when the clubs meet. To learn more about all the student clubs and organizations offered visit our Student Life page.
Moraine Valley is a regional partner with Girls Who Code (GWC). Volunteer facilitators for GWC clubs are wanted. Interested students, educators and community members can serve as facilitators and be part of a movement to reduce the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code clubs provide a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls can learn to see themselves as computer scientists and solve problems they care about. Facilitators can propose a new site for a club or join an existing site. No prior coding experience is needed. Facilitators are provided with a full curriculum and can learn to code alongside the girls in the club. Explore the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming. Contact Michelle August with questions on how to become involved with GWC locally. Learn more about the national Girls Who Code movement.
The mentoring group allows students entering programs in technology to connect with experienced female students and professionals. These mentors can provide guidance, answer questions and share information about career opportunities. The unique relationship between students and professionals makes the transition from college into the work world smoother and less intimidating.
If you are a technology student looking for a mentor or you are a STEM professional interested in serving as a mentor, contact Angela Spyropoulos at (708) 974-5602 ext. 2184.
Moraine Valley Inaugural STEM Expo
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 time in our Exploration Zone, set up in the more traditional exhibition hall format, and visiting our Creation Station, where students get to work on a STEM project to take home.
Our MissionWe believe science, technology, engineering and mathematics naturally interact and depend on each other. Accordingly, we believe a STEM education is most authentic when these areas are understood as being connected and explored together. We recognize that a STEM career carries with it great power and responsibility. The STEM Center at Moraine Valley commits to:
- Recruiting diverse students into STEM programs
- Maintaining and creating high-quality STEM educational experiences, activities, programs and resources that are engaging, innovative and timely
- Providing meaningful and equitable access to high-quality STEM experiences and education to all
- Developing knowledgeable, innovative, ethical and thoughtful leaders in STEM
- Assisting Moraine Valley students in attaining their educational and career-focused goals
- STEM education in our communities