STEAM Programs for Adults
The Psychological Roots of Artificial Intelligence: Turing Tests, Towers and Talk Therapists
Tuesday, March 7 | 7-8:30 pm
Explore the psychological roots of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Dr. Ken Gray, Professor of Psychology at the College of DuPage. Discover how and why AI moved away from its original goal of trying to model human intelligence, and how recent advances in the field have brought it back to this goal. Reserve your spot.
Virtual Reality Showcase
Saturdays March 11, April 29 | 1-3 pm
Enter the revolutionary world of 3D gaming. Experience impossible scenarios, be immersed in your favorite game, or visit a new country. Sign up to try Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in 15-minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents will need to sign a Virtual Reality Release Waiver for children under 18.
Thursday, March 23 | 7-8:30 pm
Learn about the various types of engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.), what each type of engineer does, and recent innovative happenings in the field from Dr. Alyssa Pasquale, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics at the College of DuPage. Reserve your spot.
3D Printing: Open Lab
Thursdays March 23, May 11 | 7–8 pm
Learn about 3D printing at this all-ages open lab and then work to create your own project. Use of 3D software is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Projects will be available for pick up at a later date.
Climate Change: Fact, Fiction and Our Future
Thursday, March 30 | 7-8:30 pm
Global climate is a complex mix of variables, so how do we know humans have the power to influence it? Join Chicago-based educator Michele Hoffman Trotter for a conversation about how our world is changing and how those changes affect us all. Reserve your spot.
A Book Discussion and 3D Experience: The Real Ready Player One
Wednesday, May 24 | 6-8 pm
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a near-future Sci-Fi novel in which people connect through a virtual world called OASIS. Discuss the book then get a taste of the characters’ immersive world by testing out the library’s Oculus Rift. Copies of book will be available near the 2nd Floor Information Desk. Reserve your spot.
STEAM Programs for Youth
Monday, March 6 | 7-8 pm
Are you interested in Minecraft — the sandbox video game about building where users create their own worlds and experiences? Explore this expansive world and the imaginative creativity that Minecraft offers by learning how the game works and why everyone is talking about it. For grades 1-5. Parents welcome. Reserve your spot.
Minecraft Masters Series
Mondays March 13 through April 3 | 7-8 pm
Are you a master at Minecraft? Dive deeper into the world of Minecraft in this weekly series where you will take an in-depth look at some of the great features Minecraft offers. For grades 1-5. Reserve your spot.
Monday, March 27 | 10:30-11:30 am and 4-5 pm
Combine a love of technology with a love of building when you create a LEGO® town. Practice coding skills with an Ozobot or use an iPad to navigate a Sphero through a maze of your own creation. For kids ages 4-8. Reserve your spot.
Robotics with LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Sets
For Kindergarten–Grade 2 | Tuesday, March 28 | 10-11 am
For Grades 3-4 | Tuesday, March 28 | 11:15 am–12:15 pm
Explore the principles of engineering and programming when you build a robot using LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Sets. Construct an alligator, bird or soccer player with working motors and sensors. Experienced users can try designing their own robot. Reserve your spot.
Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms
Tuesday, March 28 | 1:30-2:30 pm
Tackle engineering challenges while constructing a customizable, programmable robot using LEGO® Mindstorms. Bring your own innovative ideas and be prepared to experiment. For grades 3-5. Reserve your spot.
You Say Pisanki, I Say Pysanky!
Tuesday, April 11 | 4-5 pm
Explore the Slavic tradition of intricately decorating Easter eggs. Learn how to make a pisanki/pysanky and then create and take home your very own decorated Easter egg. For grades 1-5. Reserve your spot.
Friday, April 14 | 11 am–Noon
Learn about the diff erent biological and chemical types of slime and their various uses in the world. Make some slime to take home with you and scare your parents. For grades 4-5. Reserve your spot.