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.

In Awe of Northern Lights

@Homewood Science Center

Saturday January 27th 

6pm-8pm

Ages 18+

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.

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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"
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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!

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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
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Saturday September 15th | 10am-12pm 

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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
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CASH BAR benefitting
 Homewood Science Center

The beauty behind HF landscape and architecture design

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Thursday October 11th | 6pm-8pm 

FREE | No registration required
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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.

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Saturday October 13th | 11am-2pm

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

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December 7th | 5pm-9pm

PopUp SCIENCE Shop Hours: 10am-9pm 
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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 
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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 
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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!

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THURSDAY 10AM-7PM

FRIDAY 10AM-7PM

SATURDAY 10AM-3PM

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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. 

CodeCreate

Combo Course!

@Homewood Science Center

Cardboard Switching &

Model Hardware

Race Car Rally 
Fridays March 2 | 9 | 16

6pm-8:30pm
Ages 9-12
$120/child

NEW! Bring a Buddy $200/2 children

Instructor: Jeff Sweeton

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