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Recipient of Cook County

Community Development Block Grant

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STEAM Celebration Sponsors

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Girls STEAM Celebration 

Saturday April 13, 2024 | 10am-2pm

6th-12th grade students & Mentors in STEAM

Prairie State College & Conference Center

202 S. Halsted St. Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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Homewood Science Center invites students in 6th-12th grade and mentors in STEAM to a day of exploration, swag giveaways, prizes, food, and fun at Prairie State College & Conference Center. Find out about education and career paths with our STEAM Showcase, featuring hands-on activities and exhibits from mentors in STEAM. After that, we’ll explore STEAM in small teams. With Panera for breakfast and Aurelio’s Pizza for lunch, this event is geared towards girls who want to celebrate STEAM!


Register now as a student attendee, a student leader, or a STEAM mentor. 

What to expect at the event

Win prizes at the STEAM Showcase
Love the Skin You're In

We challenge you to visit every STEAM Showcase table! You'll also learn about different jobs in STEAM and test out some pretty cool on-the-job STEAM tools and activities. We have mentors from different backgrounds from the following organizations:

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After Aurelio's Pizza for lunch, your friends will love mixing skincare and science with our friends from Building Bridges, Inc. led by Dr. Shy. Dr. Shy is a trained biochemist and her team will lead your group through a quick intro on the biology of skin, the importance of skin care, and creation of a sugar scrub. 

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Go home with gifts!

It's not a celebration unless there are gifts! You will go home with some serious swag like a totebag and waterbottle. But the coolest gift you'll get is a custom journal to help you plan for your future! Introducing our "Manufacture Your Future" journal.

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Dr. Shy (Brown) is a graduate from Jackson State University (BS) and Tennessee State University (MS; PhD) with degrees in Biology and Biological Sciences. Dr. Shy is a trained biochemist and has specialized in areas of research such as exercise science, sports physiology, bioinformatics, immunology, and cancer biology. Dr. Shy was the first Black woman to join the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), and during her time with GSSI she made significant research contributions to the Gx Sweat Patch, Smart Gx Bottle, and Gatorlyte. Dr. Shy is devoted to connecting with youth to help them discover their true identity through self-awareness. Her favorite self-quote is: “If I can be a stepping stone to help one student get to where they desire to go quicker than I did, then I have served my purpose as a human being”.

Junior & Seniors...come volunteer!

Student Leadership Training | Saturday April 6, 2024 | 3pm-5pm

11th & 12th grade students will be selected & notified by March 15, 2024.

Student Leaders will play an important role at our big event! Leaders need to be up for anything and ready to have fun as they take on the task of guiding the girls through an afternoon of STEAM challenges. At the Student Leadership training on Saturday April 6 at Homewood Science Center, you will meet the other student leaders, get familiar with the event activities, and prep materials for our Celebration taking place the next week. Sounds like things might get hungry with all this hard work... so we'll treat to Chipotle! Science and tacos, YES!


Participation in Student Leadership Training is required to be a student leader at the Girls Steam Celebration on Saturday April 13, 2024. To apply as a student leader, fill out the Girls STEAM Celebration Student Registration and make sure you check the box for Student Leader. Only high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply as Student Leaders.

A Special Thanks to TEAM WILLA!


Since 2017,TEAM WILLA has supported female students from low-income households across south suburban Cook County in developing an interest in STEAM, through our contributions to Homewood Science Center’s Girls STEAM programming.

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