Second Annual STEAM Fair

Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


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Bring the whole family to the library for our Second Annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair! Visit and interact with exhibits showcasing the many different faces of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and learn about their real life uses.

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S.T.E.A.M. Exhibitor Interviews


S.T.E.A.M. Exhibitors

Exhibitor Time Location Description
Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society 10:30 AM
12:30 PM
2:30 PM
Meeting Room Catch Chemical Reaction: A Chemistry Magic Show, an explosive presentation of chemistry’s potential, at one of three scheduled performances. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library.


SciTech Hands on Museum



All Day



2nd Floor

Engineer flying designs with the materials provided! Test the designs in a vertical wind tunnel built based on a NASA inspired design.

SciTech Hands on Museum is a non-profit children’s museum in Aurora, Illinois with over 150 interactive STEM exhibits inspiring education and imagination. SciTech sparks young minds of all ages to discover the world around them. SciTech offers outreach programs, scout programs and summer camp programs as well.


Workshop 88


All Day


The Shakespeare Room

Be introduced to basic electronics with Arduino.

Workshop 88 is a makerspace (or hackerspace) located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Focused on science, technology, mechanics, culture, and digital arts, Workshop 88 offers a space where people with diverse backgrounds can socialize, collaborate and learn.



Glen Crest Middle School
Art Department



All Day



Youth Study Room

Learn about 3D Printing and the various ways it can be used in art class. Student made examples of toy prototypes, jewelry, architecture, and character designs will be on display. Watch a video of the journey on an iPad.

Glen Crest Middle School is a public school located on the south side of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Art is an exploratory class that students take two out of the three years that they attend Glen Crest Middle School.



Burpee Museum of Natural History



All Day



2nd Floor

Learn why Illinois does not have dinosaur bones, but instead has “Monsters of the Midwest.” Look at real and cast fossils of mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Quaternary of Illinois as well as casts of Jane’s (11 year old T-Rex) and Homer’s (juvenile Triceratops) bones.

Established in 1941, Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to Jane, the world’s best preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Homer, a teen-aged Triceratops. The Museum is one of the preeminent mid-sized natural history museums in the nation located in Rockford, Illinois.



Curtain Up



All Day



Youth Program Room

Engage in improvisation, pantomime, and theater games. Be creative and innovative with “Capturing Imaginations – Inspiring Innovations”.

“Capturing Imaginations – Inspiring Innovations” is the mission of Curtain Up Classroom. Classes are offered for youth and adults in acting, public speaking, audition technique, and improvisation. Creativity workshops are offered for educators and corporations.






All Day



2nd Floor

Interact with small to medium sized robots and robotic displays.

ChiBots is a robotics group based in the Chicago area and welcomes everyone who is interested in robotics of any kind. Meetings are the second Sunday of every month and members, guests, and visitors are invited to bring a robot project to share with the group.



College of DuPage
Department of Physics



All Day



2nd Floor

Explore the fascinating relationship between electromagnetism and light. Observe how the relationship between electricity and magnetism ultimately produce the phenomena known as light!

College of DuPage (established in 1967) is a 2-year community college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, serving students who reside in Community College District 502. Among the state’s public colleges and universities, COD serves about 28,000 students each semester and is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in the State of Illinois, after University of Illinois.






All Day



2nd Floor

Feel how much work it takes to power different types of light bulbs with the Energy Bike and interact with the Watershed Model to see what happens to pollutants once it rains.

SCARCE is an environmental education non-profit located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The SCARCE mission is to: inspire people, through education, to preserve and care for the Earth’s natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.





Northern Illinois University
SMARTspace and STEM Read





All Day





Teen Room

Explore the science behind science fiction book Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds. See and touch skulls and pelts of real carnivores and herbivores. Create your own animal masks and have your picture taken at the green screen photo booth. Play an interactive computer game based on the STEM concepts of “Carnivores” and watch video interviews with experts.

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read believes that reading science fiction can be a gateway to learning about science fact. NIU works with librarians, educators, and readers to select a short list of the best popular fiction books related to STEM concepts and careers. Then, NIU creates fun, hand-on events, interactive online games, expert videos, collaborative stories, and educator resources to help readers explore the science behind fiction.

Smartspace@NIU offers engaging, interdisciplinary projects that promote students’ creativity. NIU eLearning communities encourage participants to develop community-based online projects that integrate art, literacy, and technology as well as to share and discuss their work.



Frank Lloyd Wright Trust



All Day



1st Floor

Observe, create, reflect, think, and problem-solve while building and designing Froebel blocks. Challenge your design skills with 3-dimensional pentominoes.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s mission is to engage, educate and inspire the public through architecture, design and the legacy of Wright, and to preserve its historic sites and collections. Through tours of its historic sites and a broad spectrum of programming for teachers, students, adults, and families, the Trust seeks to renew the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright for future generations.



Lizzadro Museum
Of Lapidary Art



All Day



2nd Floor

Play Mineral Match, a game requiring participants to guess the rock or mineral that makes up every day items, and touch assorted rocks, minerals and fossils.

The Lizzadro Museum is dedicated to sharing with others the eternal beauty of cut and polished stone. People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated exclusively to the beauty of Stone carvings and the mysteries of earth science. The Museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings from around the world.



Elgin Paranormal Investigators



All Day



2nd Floor

Learn about the scientific equipment used in the field of Paranormal Studies and see the types of evidence captured using the equipment.

Founded in 2007, Elgin Paranormal Investigators attempts to gather evidence of the paranormal utilizing the scientific research methodology, to help clients better understand the phenomenon they are experiencing.



PWNAGE Robotics Team 2451



All Day



2nd Floor

Watch live demonstrations of competition robots build by high school students, who will be on hand to answer questions.

PWNAGE Team 2451 is a high school robotics team, made up of students from 10 different high schools in the western suburbs as well as home-schooled students. PWNAGE mentors are volunteer engineers from different walks of life. Genesis Automation is the teams primary sponsor.



The Science Roadshow



All Day



The Lounge

Learn about the work of WISSARD (Whillams Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) in Antarctica through the use of slide shows, activities, and artifacts.

WISSARD scientists and drilling team have just completed a second successful Antarctic field season. The Science Roadshow is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning in science and technology. Sharing cutting-edge, current science research taking place in Antarctica is both critical and exciting.

Ask The Expert!

Ask three people at different displays questions printed on the form. Then return the completed form to the Youth Department Information Desk to be entered in a drawing of your choice and recieve a prize for participation. Forms will given out upon entry into the library. Prizes include:

S.T.E.A.M. Art Projects

During the fair, kids will have the opportunity to take part in two art projects. Kids in grades three and below can create a STEAM mosaic out of post-it notes. Kids will choose the size and color of the post-it note they wish to decorate and then place the note within one of the letters spelling out STEAM. Kids in grades four through eight can decorate one of the Youth Study Room windows. Each grade will be assigned a window with one of the letters of STEAM written on it.