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Chicago Collegiate Charter School

Chicago Collegiate Charter School

11816 S. Indiana

Chicago, IL

Contact person Beth Carrera Napleton

Phone 773-536-9098



Chicago Collegiate Charter School a 4th-8th grade charter school open to all students in the city of Chicago that will eventually grow to be 4th-12th grade. Our mission is to ensure ALL students complete the college of their choice within six years of their graduation. STEM is a key part of being ready for the 21st century. We have a rigorous personalized learning program in our 7th and 8th grades, science coursework in all grades, and two robotics teams!

Chicago Heights School District 170 STEM Magnet Academy

Chicago Heights School District 170 STEM Magnet Academy

25 West 16th Place

Chicago Heights, IL 60411


Contact: J.R. Entsminger, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Vision: The STEM Magnet Academy will provide an advanced, enriched curriculum that will prepare all students for college, careers, and life in an ever-changing, global society.  


Mission: Through a rigorous, technologically-infused curriculum which incorporates real-world learning problems and projects, students will aspire to be creative, critical, and analytical problem solvers of the 21st century.

For more information on Chicago Heights School District 170 STEM Magnet Academy, please download our STEM Magnet Academy Policy Handbook by clicking here.


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Governors State University

Governors State University

1 University Parkway

Universtiy Park, IL 60484

(708) 235-7513

Contact: John Sowa, Division of Chemistry and Biology

Governors State University offers BS and MS degrees in biology and chemistry. The University also runs a summer STEAM camp. 

Flossmoor School District 161 STEM Depot

Flossmoor School District 161 STEM Depot

Contacts: Amabel Crawford, Director of Learning and Instruction

Marie Dahlstrom, STEM Depot Teacher

Phone: 708-647-7000


The mission of School District 161 is to work to create a strong community of young learners in an environment that is safe, diverse, and challenging for all students. In partnership with our community of stakeholders, our mission is to provide critical thinking skills as a necessary set of tools to help prepare students for high school, college and beyond. The District 161 STEM Depot's vision is to inspire and motivate students to be problems solvers, innovators, inventors and to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233

Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233

999 Kedzie Ave.

Flossmoor, IL

(708) 546-6939

Contact: Dr. Nancy Spaniak, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development

Homewood-Flossmoor High School offers a wide array of science, math, and technology electives, including Project Lead the Way courses.

Marian Catholic High School

Marian Catholic High School

700 Ashland Avenue

Chicago Heights, IL


Contact: Steve Tortorello, Principal

Marian Catholic offers a variety of STEM programming. They have recently launched a 3-year engineering curriculum for students in addition to our regular science courses, including courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, Anatomy, Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, and Zoology. 

Marian Catholics hosts regular science enrichment courses and camps open to the general public on Sundays and during the summer as part of our Spartan Academy summer experience.

South Suburban College

South Suburban College

16333 South Kilbourn Ave.

Oak Forest, IL 60473

(708) 596-2000 ext. 3256

Contact: Desmond Campbell, Consultant to STEM

South Suburban College has a Makers Lab and degree & certfication programs in electronic engineering technology, applied engineeing technology, computer aided design, computer networking and mechinal engineering technology.

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FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics

16329 S. Laflin St.

Markham, IL 

(773) 664-8532

Contact: Katrina Adams, FIRST VISTA

FIRST Robotics is a family of 4 STEM programs ranging from K-12. FIRST gives the students the opportunity of learning critical thinking, gracious professionalism, and STEM techniques. The students join a team and design and build a robot that competes with others FIRST teams over the world. Please feel free to check out our website at If you have additional questions please Katrina Adams.

GSU STEAM Summer Camp

GSU STEAM Summer Camp

Governors State University
1 University Parkway
Universtiy Park, IL 60484
(708) 235-7513
Contact: John Sowa, Division of Chemistry and Biology

Governors State University is once again sponsoring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) camps this summer for middle and high school students, ages 11 to 16. Camps are held on two different weeks, and students may register for one or both sessions. Camp fees are $200 per child, per week. Registration opens: Wednesday, March 15, 2019 via:

Held in Governors State University’s newly renovated science labs in University Park, IL, since 2014 the camp introduces students to current topics in science, arts, career development and life on a dynamic and modern college campus.

GSU’s STEAM Camp provides an exceptional opportunity for today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators through extensive interaction with highly qualified faculty, business and industry volunteers and each other. Camp modules are taught by outstanding instructors and field practitioners and assisted by pre-service teachers, exceptional GSU students and alumni, and highly qualified volunteers from business and industry.

Activity tutorials, experiments, field activities, project-based learning, and presentation opportunities are organized on a fun and structured schedule, encouraging students to envision STEAM careers or greater knowledge of how STEAM might inform their lives. The hands-on nature of the camp activities challenge students to work together in a series of fun and thought-provoking team-based activities.

Included professional career guidance supported by community partner, Junior Achievement challenges students to begin thinking about careers that they may not be aware of, and help prepare students to think about and plan for the jobs of tomorrow.

STEAM Camp Week 1 runs July 15 to 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STEAM Camp Week 2 runs July 22 to 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Do you need additional activities from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday on camp days? STEAM Camp Plus is an additional program for campers that need to stay for a full day. It will run Monday to Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. with an additional cost of $60 per week.

A limited number of need-based partial scholarships for Governors State University’s Summer 2019 STEAM Camp are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents/ guardians and prospective campers may apply for scholarships for one or both weeks. Parents or guardians will be responsible for the remaining $50 per camper, per session camp fee ($100 if attending both sessions).

Scholarship awards are limited by supporting contributions and camp capacity. Please note that scholarships DO NOT include the cost of the optional STEAM Camp Plus, transportation to/ from camp, meals, snacks or incidental expenses.

HF Robotics

HF Robotics

2340 Vardon Place

Flossmoor, IL 60422

(708) 227-7106

Contact: Cameron Nelson

HF Robotics organizes and sponsors teams for FIRST robotics competitions.  HF Robotics currently supports two FIRST LEGO League teams, and one FIRST Tech Challenge team, and hopes to expand its programs in the future.  For more information about FIRST programs, see  If you would like to learn more about our local robotics teams, please send an email to

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District

3301 Flossmoor Road

Flossmoor, IL 60422

(708) 957-0300

Contact: Shannon Olison

Homewood Flossmoor Park District offers a variety of STEM programming by way of weekly classes, Science Nights, and partnerships with other organizations. Homewood Flossmoor Park District regularly builds STEM ideas and curriculum into camps and after-school programming. For more information, please contact Shannon Olison, Recreation Supervisor.

Homewood Public Library

Homewood Public Library

17917 Dixie Highway

Homewood, IL 60430

(708) 798-0121 ext. 292

Contact: Tori Alt, Emerging Technologies Assistant


At Homewood Public Library, we help patrons of all ages get acquainted with STEM subjects via youth events and our Digital Media Lab (DML), which is open to Homewood residents for appointments and to all patrons for events and classes. Our DML is equipped with filming and editing equipment and software, music software, 3D modeling software and a 3D printer, digitization equipment, and more. We have something here for everyone. 

James Hart Smartlab STEM Camp

James Hart Smartlab STEM Camp

18220 Morgan Street Homewood, IL


Contact person: Cheri Pesina


Grade level for program: 6-8

Hands on exploration of circuitry, robotics, structures, pneumatics, computer-aided drafting, coding, software engineering, stop motion animation, facial animation, phototshop, and website design.

Jones Center STEM Club

Jones Center STEM Club

220 E. 15th Street, Chicago Heights, IL, 60411


The Jones Center STEM Club is a free After-school program open to 5th-8th graders which meets on Fridays from 3:00pm-5:30pm whenever school is convened. The purpose of the STEM Club is to introduce elementary students to various disciplines of science through an interactive and hands-on approach. Students will be assigned low risk, high interest projects that relate to everyday life, utilizing interrelated STEM disciplines to address real social, economic, and environmental situations. It is our goal the STEM Club will not only spark interest in STEM fields but also enhance self-esteem, confidence, and raise academic scores. NOTE: 1) You must have an application on file to attend 2) Students do not have to live in the community to attend 3) Transportation is not provided.


Homewood Science Center

18022 Dixie Highway

Homewood, IL 60430

(708) 206-3369

Families explore together at PopUp SCIENCE, hosted by Homewood Science Center. PopUp SCIENCE are free events focused on STEM learning for the whole family. Topics revolve around science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Activities are desinged for children of all ages, and parents are encouraged to participate. You can find PopUp SCIENCE at the Homewood Science Center on Dixie Highway in Homewood, and around the Village of Homewood during festivals and the farmer's market. For more details on upcoming PopUp SCIENCE events, please like Homewood Science Center on Facebook or visit the Homewood Science Center website.  Contact for more.

Prairie State College Kids @ College I STEAM

Prairie State College

Kids @ College I STEAM

4821 Southwick Drive

Matteson, IL 60431


Gina De Rosier-Cook


EXPLORE! BUILD! CREATE! Prairie State College offers weekly summer programs to enhance the problem solving skills of your curious explorers (grades K-6) using fun, hands-on, STEAM based activities. Programs are offered Monday-Thursday and there are half-day and full-day options available.