PAST PROGRAMS

Check out Homewood Science Center's gallery of Past Programs for Kids and see how children in the Chicago Southland area engage in STEAM learning with NGSS inspired activities. Some of our programs introduce children to STEAM career fields while other programs for kids offer a chance to explore, build, create, or imagine like an engineer.  

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$$ Game of Price $$

Saturday January 13th | 4pm-5:30 pm

Grades 6-8

Instructor: Professor Sara Gunderson

Professor Sara Gunderson, an economist at Valparaiso University presented a lively workshop exposing economic theory to junior high school students during Game of Price.

Why are baseball tickets so much cheaper than football tickets?

Why are people always complaining about the price of gasoline?

Will the soda tax actually decrease the amount of soda people drink?

Junior high students had an opportunity to explore and connect to economic theory.  This interactive workshop introduced the economic way of thinking and showed how it applies to every decision. Participants applied the fundamentals of supply and demand while playing a game that showed them how markets operate and how prices are determined.   

PUMP IT UP

The Science, Math and Physics of Fire Engineering
Date & Time:
September 23, 2017 | 10am-2pm
Instructor: Homewood Fire Chief Robert Grabowski

Ages: 12-16 years old

  • Thinking about a career as a firefighter?

  • What decisions do firefighters make on the scene?

  • What's the science and math behind fighting fires? 

Pump It Up shows you how firefighters go about fighting a fire. This is a combination class, featuring classroom activities and work outside with the fire truck. We will include problem solving, firefighter math calculations, and hands-on learning using the water pumping system and hoses of Homewood Fire Departments' fire engine!

Pump It Up is a great introduction to Fire Sciences.

A fun afternoon for teens to explore a career path with the Fire Department.

Yellowknife, NWT is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights.

 

Astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado photographs the auroras, using his footage as a way to communicate science in engaging ways. He has created a stunning series called Science and Symphony.

 

Join us as Dr. Salgado explains the nature of the auroras and how he uses digital photography to capture their beauty and inspire audiences. He will share his still photography and real-time videos as well as his latest production, “ Wondrous Light”.  

 

This event is brought to you by

Dr. José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer,  experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of

KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe.

Digital Fix://Green.Screen.Movie.Scene.

Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm

February  15 | 22

March 1

$75/student for 3 week series

NEW! Bring a Buddy $120/2 students

Instructor Mary Baker

Grades 6-8

It all starts with an idea! Students will collaborate to bring visual stories to life. Throughout the design phases of pre-production, production, and post-production, we’ll cover techniques to produce photo and video content using green screen technology. Invite your family to a VIP Premiere Party during our final class with a chance to debut your project in the Michael Wexler Theater. 

Device Requirements
Students need to bring their own device, laptops are preferable. Homewood Science Center is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft. Students assume responsibility for their devices. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact edobrez@homewoodsciencecenter.org.

Bring your own mobile device loaded with Minecraft pocket or PC version.

 

Meet other Minecraft players while collaborating to recreate a famous landmark.

Students should bring a peanut free snack with them to class.

 

Students need to bring their own laptop, iPad, or mobile device for this class. Homewood Science Center is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft. Students assume responsibility for their devices.

SPRING CLEANING

Wednesday May 2nd | 1pm-6pm

Help us spruce up for spring!

 

Join us for an afternoon of organizing, spray painting, light construction, and general prep to get our building in tip top shape for our busy PopUp SCIENCE season. 

Bring your favorite tool if you want and we'll put you to work!

Sunday April 22nd | 4pm-6pm | FREE!

Join us for a free

EARTH DAY Movie Matinee!

No need to register, just show up!

Bring friends and family! 

Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. 

The film also highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to a tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.”

 

Providing viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives, Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating the greater meaning surrounding the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen?

Sunday May 20th  | 12pm-4pm 

Flossmoor Service League House Walk

Homewood Science Center is proud to be a featured property  for the 63rd Annual Flossmoor Service League House Walk.

Take a tour of Homewood Science Center and learn about how the Village of Homewood and the surrounding community worked together to transform a historical building in Homewood into a lively hub for STEAM learning in the South Suburbs.

Visit our Michael Wexler Theater, made possible by the friends and family of The Wexler Group, and check out the state-of-the-art system graciously provided by The Little Guys Home Technology. Thanks to Danyel Ilg, Freelance Interior Designer, the Michael Wexler Theater is an esthetically conducive space for STEAM exploration and an interior design dream come true!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the modern workspace

that Del Mar Builders renovated as a gift.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for the House Walk!

Saturday May 26th  | 10am-12pm | FREE!

Drop in and play chess! We have open chess hours, perfect for anyone who has an interest in the game! Bright Knights 

Coach Cook will be on hand to give guidance so you can learn as you play. An outlet for families to learn and practice chess together, help your kids build self-esteem, recognize patterns, gain concentration, and sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills! No registration required, drop-in.

Family Chess
at Homewood Science Center

Yay! To celebrate the opening day of Village of Homewood's Farmers' Market, we are hosting "Botany and Bees," a mini PopUp SCIENCE from 10am-12pm in our garage. Take part in our community garden poster and explore the ins and outs of bumble bees with our hands-on activities. 

No registration required, drop-in.

Mini PopUp SCIENCE
"Botany and Bees"
@Homewood Science Center's Garage
Mini

Homewood Farmers' Market
Every Saturday | May 26-October 13 | 8 AM - 1 PM 
Every Wednesday | June 6-August 8 | 4 PM - 8 PM
*No market on July 4*
Martin Avenue between Ridge Road and Chestnut Road

Saturday June 16th | 10am-12pm | FREE!

Family Chess at Homewood Science Center

Drop in and play chess! We have open chess hours, perfect for anyone who has an interest in the game! 

Bright Knights Coach Cook will be on hand to give guidance so you can learn as you play. An outlet for families to learn and practice chess together, help your kids build self-esteem, recognize patterns, gain concentration, and sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills! No registration required, drop-in.

Wednesday June 20 | 6:30-8pm | FREE!

HF Women in Documentary Filmmaking

Featuring the cinematic achievements of Eliana D’Astici and Anne Colton on Wednesday June 20th at 6:30pm at

Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway. Get to know Eliana and Anne with Q & A following their films. 

Learn how they developed a mentor/mentee relationship by connecting through

Homewood Science Center’s Girls STEAM Ahead.

A March through Generations

JordanVille

A short documentary produced by Eliana D’ Astici, March through Generations is about three generations of women traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March in 2017. Exploring generational perspectives on what the future has in store for women,  March through Generations tells the unique story of an influential journey and a historical demonstration in women’s rights.  

JordanVille , produced by John Mooy and Anne Colton,

is the story of Rich Jordan, one of Michigan's top high school basketball players in the 1960's. As one of the only Jewish students hailing from the tiny town of Fennville, and with his ability to dunk a basketball despite his 5'7" stature, Rich touched the lives of everyone he met. Fifty years after his final high school game, and with the original super 8 films depicting the games, Rich and his teammates tell his inspiring story in JordanVille.  

Starting this summer, JordanVille will be available on PBS stations across the country. http://www.annecolton.com/Jordanville

July 11 & 25 | Experimac 

Ever wonder what the inside of a computer looks like? Or how about a iPhone? Find out as our friends at Experimac demonstrate their skills letting you go hands-on with a tech take apart! Have an Apple device or computer that you need repaired? Bring it by and have the professionals at Experimac give you some advice!

Featured Makers

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

Friday July 13 | 6am-10am | FREE!

LIVE STREAM VIEWING

Homewood Science Center is proud to host a live stream viewing of

WGN 9 Morning News Block Party in Village of Homewood!

 

Come out and enjoy all of the festivities of the WGN 9 Morning News Block Party in downtown Homewood and cool off in Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway! Watch WGN from 6am-10am live on our big screen in the Michael Wexler Theater! We'll see you on Friday July 13th from 6am-10am!

August 1, 8 & 15 | CodeCreate 

Get your family together to make and discover with mastermind, Jeff Sweeton the founder of CodeCreate!  Each week, Jeff will offer a different drop-in hands-on experience for families including Cardboard Switching, Puppet Making with LED, and Sun Prints and Video Production.  

In addition to the making activities, we encourage your family to view the CodeCreate Collective exhibit "Currents, Fibers, and Forms".

Cardboard Switching- Inspired by The Imagination Foundation's Global
Cardboard Challenge you'll begin by brainstorming and building cardboard animals, objects or machines. Use aluminum foil and technology to bring your sculpture to life!

Puppet Making with L.E.D.s

Create and design a character using components of 3D design by layering 2D planes. Add lights or moving magnets to make an animatronic head. L.E.D.s are perfect for creating glowing features in characters that you can take home.

Sun Prints and Video Production
Traditional photography and filmmaking result directly from a chemical change based on light and we'll practice that with sun prints. 
But, how does the location of the
camera change the product we see? Let's try some of the digital tricks to make a lot more!

Robotics Meet & Greets

Interested in robotics? Come and meet the HF Robotics Tech Ninja Team! You can talk with the teammates and learn all about their robots and what it takes to go head-to-head against other teams during robotics competitions!

FREE!

WEDNESDAYS

July 11 | August 8 & 22

4pm-8pm

SATURDAYS

August 11 & 18

10am-1pm

Extended Gallery Hours!

Donate if you can!

*children must be with an adult at all times

Wednesday August  29th

Wednesday September 5th

4pm-8pm

"Currents, Fibers, and Forms" is a CodeCreate Collective exhibit that partners making and technology. With the intention to bring together "art, science, and worlds," the exhibit consists of eight custom-designed cardboard engineered pieces including Blengin, a dragon paying homage to artist Henry Darger. Another piece, NeuroPentaptych alludes to the trauma of chronic illness. A video reel brings CodeCreate's design process to life. We hope you will be inspired to create your own masterpieces using common materials!

FREE

The Science, Math and Physics of Fire Engineering
Date & Time:
September 8th, 2018 | 10am-2pm
Instructor: Homewood Fire Chief Robert Grabowski

Ages: 12-16 years old

Cost: FREE! Register between August 1st-September 1st

​Pump It Up shows you how firefighters go about fighting a fire. This is a combination class, featuring classroom activities and work outside with the fire truck. We will include problem solving, firefighter math calculations, and hands-on learning using the water pumping system and hoses of Homewood Fire Departments' fire engine!

Pump It Up is a great introduction to Fire Sciences.

A fun afternoon for teens to explore a career path with the Fire Department.

Students must bring a sack lunch and water bottle. 

  • Thinking about a career as a firefighter?

  • What decisions do firefighters make on the scene?

  • What's the science and math behind fighting fires? 

Saturday September 15th | 8am-12pm

BOY SCOUT BLOOD DRIVE 

at Homewood Science Center | 18022 Dixie Highway | Homewood

Saturday September 15th | 10am-12pm 

Drop-in and meet HF Robotics team members! They will be kicking off the robotics season with an open house on Saturday September 15th from 10am-12pm in their studio at Homewood Science Center. Come out to support the team and learn about the new challenge they will face in FIRST Tech Challenge robotics league. 

Wednesday September 19th | 6pm-8pm 

FREE | No registration required
CASH BAR benefitting
 Homewood Science Center

The beauty behind HF landscape and architecture design

For 42 years, Dave Ward has served as a Golf Course Superintendent, with the last 14 years at Coyote Run. With a BS in Agricultural Science, Dave has spent the past 20 years working with native plants to naturalize  golf courses. Dave will share his expertise and encourage you to create your own ecosystem by planting native species in your home garden.

Brian Doerr is a certified arborist and instructor, serving on the Village of Homewood Public Works Department for 10 years. With certificate degrees in greenhouse, nursery, turf management, and landscape design, Brian plays an integral role in the landscape architecture and design throughout the Village of Homewood. Join us as Brian talks about Homewood’s landscape enhancements, flower program and silver maple decline and reforestation.

Thursday September 20th | 7pm 

Homewood Science Center at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
1100 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL 60430
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Our community partner, Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve invited us to their September General Meeting. Drop into Senior Lodge at 7pm to hear about how Homewood Science Center quickly turned into a regional hub for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). We will also share how Homewood Science Center and Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve work together in partnership. The September General Meeting is free to attend. 

Please consider supporting this ecological gem in our community by becoming a member.

Wednesdays | 4pm-8pm

Drop-in and join us every Wednesday from 4-8pm at Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway to create, connect, and explore as we open our STEAM Studio to families! No registration is necessary, we just ask that you arrive by 7:30pm so you have enough time to make something great!

 

In October, we will focus on DIY Costumes! Just in time for Halloween, we challenge you to make a costume, modify an old costume, or create some accessories to deck out your look! We will accept gently used costumes on Wednesdays from 4pm-8pm.

Please help stock the STEAM Studio!

Please consider donating Tools and Supplies to our makerspace, the STEAM Studio. If you have items on our list, please bring them on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-8pm and someone will be glad to take your donations!

Thursday October 11th | 6pm-8pm 

FREE | No registration required

Sharks tend to be described as 'killers from the dawn of time' or 'one of nature's great success stories... barely changed since they first appeared'. Is either of these statements true, especially so for a group with as lousy a fossil record as sharks?  Research collections consist mostly of trays and trays and yet more trays of fossil teeth and the occasional fin spine. Having a cartilaginous skeleton results in scant remains of fossil bodies, and those being flattened and distorted.  For this reason, new methods of accessing data in challenging fossil material are proving to be especially significant. CT scans are literally transforming our view of early sharks, revealing new evidence of diversity and innovation. Early sharks include classic apex predators, but they also include some unexpectedly sophisticated forms that don't quite fit the clichéd 'underwater death machine' image (unless, of course, you're a Paleozoic shrimp).

Michael Coates, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Chicago

Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy

Chair, Committee on Evolutionary Biology

Research Associate (Geology), Field Museum of Natural History

Professor Coates is interested in vertebrate evolution, especially the origins of ray-finned fishes, the ancient relatives of the vast majority of fishes swimming the seas today. He studies the deep evolutionary origins of sharks, of which little is known. Professor Coates also works with molecular biologists to integrate molecular and fossil data, which yield different branching dates in the evolutionary tree of life, and with developmental biologists to understand how fossils inform questions about the evolution of organismal development.

Saturday October 13th | 11am-2pm

Homewood Science Center at Village of Homewood Fire Department Open House
17950 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL 60430

Drop-in to the Homewood Fire Department Open House for a hot dog lunch with your favorite Homewood heroes! The firefighters will demonstrate a live burn and teach you all about fire safety. Stop by the Homewood Science Center table to learn about the inertia and force behind seat belt safety with our Eggcident Experiment!

SCIENCE MINORS CLUB | TUESDAYS

After-school Science Minors Clubs offer early, hands-on exposure to science through partnerships with a network of schools and community organizations.

TUESDAYS 5:00pm-6:30pm

@Homewood Science Center

October 23 | 30

November 6 | 13 | 20 | 27

December 4

Grades 2-5 (limit 20 students)

Instructors: Tracy Mis & Monique Lamb

Cost: $100* 

*Class fee covers instructor costs. Science Minors Club's instructor training, curriculum and supplies are funded through the Museum of Science & Industry.

Energy: Unleash the Potential.

Club participants will investigate energy concepts and have hands-on explorations of energy transformations including mechanical, sound, chemical, electrical, and light energy.

Sunday November 4th | 4pm 

FREE | No registration required

SHOP & PLAY

THURSDAY DEC. 6TH 

4PM-7PM

FRIDAY DEC. 21ST

10AM-7PM  

YOUR KIDS CAN ENJOY FREE PLAY TIME WITH IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND WHILE YOU SHOP IN OUR POPUP SCIENCE SHOP!

LIMIT 30 MINUTES OF PLAY PER CHILD.

December 7th | 5pm-9pm

PopUp SCIENCE Shop Hours: 10am-9pm 

HOME ALONE Holiday Party

FREE! DROP-IN | ALL AGES

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Create festive memories with your family and friends during our Home Alone Holiday Party on

Friday December 7th during Homewood’s Holiday Lights Festival!

Drop-in for a free screening of

Home Alone at 5pm in our

Michael Wexler Theater

sponsored by Village of Homewood.

 

We’ll have our doors open until 9pm and we invite you in to warm up, make holiday ornaments and candy trains in Santa’s Workshop, and browse our PopUp SCIENCE Shop

December 13th | 6:30pm | FREE!

PopUp SCIENCE Shop Hours: 10am-8pm 

Join us as National Geographic invites students, educators, and YOU to take part in a FREE screening of SCIENCE FAIR at Homewood Science Center,

18022 Dixie Highway on Thursday December 13th at 6:30pm. 

This is an
all ages event to celebrate learning, especially in the STEAM fields! No registration is required.

 

The film offers a front row seat to the victories, defeats, and motivations of an incredible group of young women and men who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.  

December 15th | 3pm-6pm

PopUp SCIENCE Shop Hours: 10am-6pm 

SANTA at the SCIENCE CENTER
Christmas comes once a year and kids light up when Santa’s near! Bring your camera, wear your smiles, and join us for

a free indoor photo opportunity with jolly Old St. Nick when we welcome

Santa at the Science Center on Saturday December 15th from 3pm-6pm.

Our sensory-friendly holiday scene sets the perfect backdrop for a quiet visit with the big guy himself!

In addition, we invite you to make something magical in Santa’s Workshop and browse our PopUp SCIENCE Shop!

THURSDAY 10AM-7PM

FRIDAY 10AM-7PM

SATURDAY 10AM-3PM

Looking for STEAM inspired toys that your kids will love this holiday? 


Introducing PopUp SCIENCE Shop, open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays now until December 27th!


Find fun and stimulating STEAM toys and gifts right here in Homewood’s vibrant retail scene! Support your child’s interest in STEAM by shopping at the PopUp SCIENCE Shop!

 

Purchases benefit Homewood Science Center. 

During this CodeCreate Combo Course, youth will work on two take-home projects that are based in making and technology!

 

Cardboard Switching: Cardboard lions roar and cardboard lamps light! Inspired by The

Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge, you can brainstorm and build a cardboard camera, lamp, animal, or other object and bring it to life with some engineering components! All it takes is creativity, aluminum foil, a Makey Makey Board, and Scratch, an

MIT Media Lab application.

 

Model Hardware Race Car Rally: Construct a simple car using everyday materials! Using items like corner protectors, battery holders, aluminum, and magnets, you can make a car to race in our rally! After the first race, modify your car to make it better, faster, or brighter!

Jeff Sweeton, founder and facilitator of CodeCreate, has been producing video and electronic sculptures for about twenty years. He’s partnered with top notch institutions including Art Institute of Chicago and Google, and currently teaches electronics and engineering courses at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. You can write him at jeff@codecreate.us

Device Requirements
Students need to bring their own device, laptops are preferable. Homewood Science Center is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft. Students assume responsibility for their devices. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact edobrez@homewoodsciencecenter.org.

Winter Chess Club

Saturdays January 6th- March 10th

Time: 10am-11am

Grades: K-5

Rate: $130

Program Director: Cook Williams

Contact phone number: (708) 792-3252

Bright Knights of Homewood

Homewood Science Center welcomes Bright Knights Program Director Cook Williams to offer chess classes for kids K-5th grade. Bright Knights Chess Club offers an outlet for kids to learn chess, build self-esteem, recognize patterns, gain concentration, and sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

Register today at http://www.brightknightschess.com/homewood

With the support of Museum of Science and Industry, Homewood Science Center is excited to offer Science Minors Club!

Students can engage in fun, hands-on science activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork. Topics range across all aspects of science and engineering and support learning that happens during the school day.- MSI

After-school Science Minors Clubs offer early, hands-on exposure to science through partnerships with a network of schools and community organizations.

STAY TUNED for information on our

Science Minors Summer Camp!

Grades 2-5 (limit 20 students)

Instructors: Tracy Mis & Monique Lamb

Mayor’s Arctic Dip
Saturday January 12  

1pm-3pm
@Homewood Science Center

18022 Dixie Hwy | Homewood 

Proceeds benefit

Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld invites you to join him and take an"arctic dip"in a swimming pool outside of Homewood Science Center as a fundraiser for South Suburban Humane Society!

Come to Homewood Science Center dressed in your best animal themed costume for a pre-dip costume contest! Be sure to bring a robe, towels, and change of clothing to warm-up post-dip! Whether you are daring enough to take the dip or not, everyone can enjoy the after-party with a slice of Aurelio's Pizzacourtesy of Bill Sandrick of Sandrick Law Firm. Sip on a hot chocolate or Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktail shaken by LaVoute Bistro and Bar.

 

$25 Arctic Dip Ticket

$15 Party Only Ticket

To participate, you must be 48 inches tall at the time of the dip and participants under the age of 18 will require a guardian's signature on the waiver as well as be accompanied by the guardian at the time of the dip.

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SPOTLIGHT ON...

VETS & PETS

JANUARY 17

6PM-8PM

ALL AGES!

FREE!

 

Pet Care Tips from the Experts
Hear from the veterinarian team from Flossmoor Animal Hospital on the care your cats, dogs, and other common household pets need to thrive! Get your questions answered and learn more about vaccinations and symptoms of common diseases. 

Debunking Pet Food

Pet owners are always searching for top quality products to feed their pets. But with an abundance of shelves of pet food in the store, how do you go about selecting a product? Join us for a discussion of pet food myths, how to interpret labels, and what the deal with grain-free is anyway.

Special Announcement from South Suburban Humane Society!

Hear the latest news from our friends at SSHS and learn how you can help!

SCIENCE OF MUSIC

Friday January 18th

6pm-7:30pm

FREE! Register Online! Grades 5-8

Offered in partnership with

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

and Trinity Christian College

@Homewood Science Center

18022 Dixie Hwy | Homewood 

Explore the multitude of ways science and music interact, connect and build upon one another. This free and interactive workshop is designed especially for students in 5th-8th grades who are interested in instruments, music, and more! 

 

On hand will be Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's trombonist Andy Rozsa who completed a PhD exploring the metallurgical and design properties of trombones. 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MOVIE NIGHT

FREE! All ages! Open to the public! 

Wednesday February 6th at 6pm

 

Join us as we celebrate our community of volunteers with a free movie screening of 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Fred Rogers has inspired generations of children, just as our volunteers work to do here at Homewood Science Center! 

 

Whether you are part of our volunteer community, or just want to say thanks to those who are, come out and enjoy the story of Fred Rogers on Wednesday February 6th at 6pm. 

This is a free event, all ages are welcome, with the understanding that the film is rated PG-13.

Spotlight On...Architecture of Scenic Design

Featuring the work of Russ Hoganson from The Drama Group 

 

FREE! All ages! No registration required 

Wednesday February 20th, 2019

6pm-8pm

 

Theatrical scenic design brings the story and stage to life! Join us on Wednesday February 20th from 6pm-8pm at Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway, as Russ Hoganson, scenic designer for The Drama Group, shares details about the architecture and engineering design process it takes to create such stunning sets! In a step-by-step discussion, you'll learn how scenic design starts with the script, how collaboration with the director is key to creating a scenic concept, and how historical research plays into the design.  Discover the intricacies of drafting a set design, view the blueprints and smaller scaled models Russ creates before set construction begins, and hear his insight as he shares stories from his 47 years designing sets!

Meet Russ Hoganson

For 47 years, Russ Hoganson has been bringing stage productions to life with his scenic designs. Russ discovered the technical side of theater at University of Iowa Theater Department until his plans were interrupted by the Viet Nam draft. After the war, Russ started working with The Drama Group in 1972 when he auditioned for a role in "Showboat." Since then, Russ has served as a two term President, Scenic Designer, Technical Director, Actor, Director, and a member of The Drama Group's Board of Directors. Russ has designed sets with cars, trucks, revolving floors, and bridges. He has used lifts, counterweight systems, a flying apparatus, and projections on stage. 

For its 88th Season in 2019, The Drama Group is producing six studio productions (Musicals, Comedies, Dramas), a spring show for young audiences, a kids’ Camp during the summer and multiple informal play readings.  While providing quality theatre at affordable prices, we are a community of volunteers always welcoming people to join us (onstage or off).  Formed in 1931, The Drama Group remains in Chicago Heights, proud of its heritage and is committed to a bright creative future in the southwest suburbs.

More information is available at www.dramagroup.org

Minecraft Meet-Ups

Tuesday February 19 | 26

March 5

5:30pm-7:30pm

Ages 8-12

Meet other Minecraft players while collaborating to recreate a famous landmark!

 

Please bring your own mobile device loaded with Minecraft pocket or PC version.

 

Students need to bring their own laptop, iPad, or mobile device for this class. Homewood Science Center is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft. Students assume responsibility for their devices. Students may bring a peanut free snack and a refillable water bottle with them to class.

Homewood Business Association

Potluck Social & Networking Event @ Homewood Science Center

Thursday March 7th from 7pm-8:30pm

FREE! Bring a dish to share!

Join local businesses for a fun and casual networking event! If you are thinking about joining the HBA, come out and meet HBA members. HBA businesses will debut their new promotional videos in Homewood Science Center's Michael Wexler Theater.

We invite regional educators, business leaders, researchers, parents, and community STEAM stakeholders to join us for the South Suburban STEAM Network Summit held at Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway in Homewood, IL 60430. 

OPEN CALL FOR IGNITE TALKS

Ignite talks are a quick and energetic way to spread excitement about your program during our STEAM Network Summits! We challenge our presenters to get their point across with 10 slides, 20 seconds a slide. Slides will be set to auto-advance!

Deadline to apply: March 1st
Notification: March 4th

If your ignite talk is selected, you will need to get your 10 slides to Holly Kelsven hkelsven@homewoodsciencecenter.org no later than Wednesday March 8th.

MARCH 14th at 6pm

Join us for a FREE screening of BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY at Homewood Science Center!

FREE! Register in advance or at the door!

Homewood Science Center is sponsoring a conservation ecology based internship for junior high school students. This internship will complement the classroom science content on ecosystems reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards for middle school. 

Led by Patricia Messersmith, Senior Education Museum of Science and Industry and Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School Science Educator, 6th-8th grade interns will meet at Homewood Science Center and learn from experts as well as build a native demonstration garden. The internship will conclude at Homewood Science Center's Pop-Up Science Event “Go Green!” (June 22nd 9:00 am-2:00 pm) where the students will share their volunteer conservation ecology projects with the community.
 

Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors is designed to foster 3rd-5th grade girls’ interest in STEAM. Led by Girls STEAM Ahead alumni Victoria D’Astici and hosted by female high school students, Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors welcomes 3rd-5th grade girls for an afternoon of hands-on activities celebrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math—followed by a pizza party!

Register for Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors  between March 11th- March 29th

 

 

To learn more about sponsoring

Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors, email hkelsven@homewoodsciencecenter.org

Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors

For girls in 3rd-5th grades

Saturday April 13th from 11am-2pm

 

SPACE DAY

Wednesday April 10th, 2019

Starting at 6pm at Homewood Science Center

 

Join us at Homewood Science Center on Wednesday April 10th at 6pm as we shine a Spotlight On...SPACE DAY!

Learn about NASA endeavors such as returning to the moon and a manned mission to Mars from NASA Aerospace Engineer, Jeffrey M. Woytach.

Prairie State College will be on hand to assist you with telescope viewing! Through the telescope, you may see actual moon rocks and other celestial wonders!

Register in advance or at the door!

Spotlight On...Homewood's Green Jewel
An interactive talk presented by Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve and Thorn Creek Audubon Society

Join us Thursday May 9th from 6pm-8pm at Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway, as we shine a Spotlight On... Homewood's Green Jewel. Learn the history behind our local ecological beauty, Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve (HIWP), and find out why it is referred to as Homewood's Green Jewel! The Preserve's Board President John Brinkmann will share stories and images of HIWP and Thorn Creek Audubon Society's Judy Johnson will educate our audience on the birding you can enjoy within Homewood's Green Jewel!
 

NATIVE PLANT SALE

MAY 18 9AM-1PM @HOMEWOOD IZAAK WALTON PRESERVE

Turn your garden into a supportive ecosystem this spring with native plants! Purchase your native plants in support of Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve and the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. For more information, visit www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org/

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FLOSSMOOR SERVICE LEAGUE'S

COLLEGE KEGGER FUNDRAISER

@HOMEWOOD SCIENCE CENTER

SATURDAY MAY 18

7:30PM-10:30PM

Come relive your youth at Flossmoor Service League's College Kegger!

 

Enjoy food, beer, wine, music, and games. Don't forget to dress in support of your favorite college! 

Tickets are $60 each. Proceeds benefit Flossmoor Service League, a local organization that gives grants to charities in the south suburbs of Chicago. A portion of the proceeds also benefit the Homewood Science Center. 

Spotlight On...Carbon Pricing 101

There’s growing support for carbon pricing as a necessary step to address climate change. It’s supported by 88 countries and a broad array of public interest groups yet most Americans know very little about carbon pricing.

Come to learn:

• Why pricing is an effective policy for climate action

• How pricing will speed a transition to renewable energy

• Many co-benefits including employment and jobs

• The broad, diverse groups that support pricing

• How you can support a carbon pricing policy

FREE FILM SCREENING

PARIS TO PITTSBURGH

MONDAY JUNE 17 @ 7PM

Join us for a FREE screening of

Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from

National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies -- narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community!

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at this free family celebration! Tumble through our astronaut training obstacle course and watch video footage on the first moon landing.  

 

Make your own solar constellation sewing cards, lunar landing module, or lunar landing rover in our STEAM Studio, and take a close up look of the sky with a solar telescope or high powered binoculars with the help of Prairie State College professors.

 

Win a prize by participating in our Outer Space Costume Contest. Be sure to snap a photo at our moon landing mural!

 

This is a free event. Please register now or at the door! 

Video courtesy of Anne Colton and Studio 604

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14TH / 6:00PM-8:30PM

BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONFIDENCE BUILDING BASH

WITH LEGO EDUCATION 

@Homewood Science Center / 18022 Dixie Highway

FREE / Families with Pre-K through 5th grade students

FAMILIES

"Students and parents should have a positive experience and learn about engineering, technology, design, science, and math. They should walk away thinking of themselves as being an engineer, a coder, a designer, a scientist, a mathematician, but most importantly a learner."

- LEGO Education 

Join us for a Back-to-School Bash with LEGO Education! Connect with your family and create a positive message going into the new school year with the help of LEGO Education & school teachers from School Districts 153, 161, 140, 145, 170, &  163! 

LEGO Back-to-School Bash includes:

  • STEAM Park: Functional Elements 

  • Early Simple Machines:  Spinning Top

  • Simple Machines: Merry-go-Round

  • Preschool Maker Lesson: Animal Shelter

    • AND MORE​! Visit all stations to complete your visit!

FALSE FACES: MASKS, MOTION & LIGHTS

Friday Sept 6, 13, & 20 

6:30pm-8pm

Grades 5-8 / Fee: $90 / Register online

Join Jeff Sweeton from CodeCreate and Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to build a mask out of recycled materials, bring it to life with electric circuitry, and share it in our fashion show!

Growing Sustainable Communities Together: Realizing the Economic Impact

Thursday August 29th, 2019 / 10:30am-1:30pm
@Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway

Join Prairie State Regional Sustainability Network for the third event of 

Growing Sustainable Communities Together

Learn the economic benefits of sustainable communities from local experts.

Enjoy a networking lunch and stay for an optional tour of Homewood Science Center, beginning at 1 PM.

AGENDA

10:30 Welcome and Introductions  Allessandra Kummelehne & Jacquelin Knox

10:45 Homewood Science Center  Edie Dobrez, Executive Director, Homewood Science Center

11:00 Speaker Panel

Complete Streets Leslie Phemister, Transportation Planner, SSMMA

Cultural Vibrancy Valerie Nicholson, Treasurer, SAMBA

Green Real Estate Valerie Kearns, Realtor, Baird & Warner

12:30 Lunch

12:50 Wrap Up and Tour Announcement

1:00 Optional Tour

ADULTS

Tuesday September 17, 2019 / 8am-10am Homewood Science Center / 18022 Dixie Highway FREE / Register by Sept 13

Network, celebrate, and strengthen STEM initiatives and workforce development for students in the culturally and economically diverse region of Chicago’s Southland. Bringing together partners from across industry and education sectors, Chicago Southland STEM Network is recognized in the global network of STEM Learning Ecosystems.

ADULTS

FEATURED FILM:

NO SMALL MATTER
Wednesday Sept 25 / Doors 6:30 / Screening 7pm

OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS. ON HOW MANY WORDS THEY HEAR IN THEIR FIRST MONTHS OF LIFE. ON HOW OFTEN THEY ARE HELD. ON THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THEY HAVE. 

No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to this vital question by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins.  The first major theatrical documentary to tackle this topic, No Small Matter is designed to kick-start the public conversation about early care and education. The ultimate goal: to produce an entertaining, accessible, and inspiring film that redefines the audience’s understanding of the issue and helps drive it to the top of the political agenda. Or, as one advocate put it, “not just to make a documentary about early childhood education, but to make the documentary about early childhood education.”

Spotlight On...Science of Healing

Thursday October 10th / 6:00pm-8:00pm

FREE / All ages

Join us for an interactive talk. South Suburban Family Shelter will share information on what constitutes trauma and how experiencing trauma can impact your brain as well as how engaging in certain activities can heal your brain, thus helping you to thrive after trauma. Cancer Support Center will help us explore how the brain transforms as you use mindfulness and art therapy to heal from physical and emotional trauma. 

 

This event includes a FREE Meditation Workshop by Serendipity Yoga!

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Saturday October 12, 2019 | 11am-2pm

Homewood Science Center at Village of Homewood Fire Department Open House
17950 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL 60430

Drop-in to the Homewood Fire Department Open House for a hot dog lunch with your favorite Homewood heroes! The firefighters will demonstrate a live burn and teach you all about fire safety. Stop by the Homewood Science Center table to learn about the inertia and force behind seat belt safety with our Eggcident Experiment!

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