Joliet Junior College STEM Scholars Tour Reseach Laboratories at University of Chicago
October 29, 2021
“This pathway focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math and is perfect for those who are analytical and mathematically minded. You can expect professors with industry experience and a variety of electives to choose from so you can customize learning based on your individual interests.”
Laboratory Tour Goals:
One of the goals of the JJC STEM Scholars program is to bring attention to the world of possibility that exists in the sciences. Many of the JJC STEM students are first-generation college students and this experience allowed them to explore research environments and to interact with research scientists and graduate students.
The in-person visit to UChicago will allow JJC STEM Scholars to:
- engage with scientist and graduate students
- learn about current STEM current cutting-edge research and career opportunities
- explore science labs and ask questions during this in person interaction
Mission to Mars: Art & Space
Piloted April 2021 and 2nd version October 2021
Middle School children; ages 9-13 from the Carole Robertson Center, Chicago IL
Why Do We Need This Program?
The current pandemic has put a tremendous strain on the education sector, affecting our youth. Science education is compounded with a pre-existing deficit in STEM programs’ interest and engagement relative to girls and underserved communities of color. What does the future look like without the contributing talent of these evolving voices? The Mission to Mars program will effectively address this emergency not only in content but in context. It is adaptable to function both online, in person, or as a hybrid experience, a quality that allows more accessibility for those who are not as easily mobile to participate as well as being immune to the social distance crises of the future.
Premise of the Program:
As a group, we’re preparing to board the next space shuttle headed to Mars to create
the very first extraterrestrial museum: Mission to Mars Museum. Each student can bring one item for ‘display’: something they’ve made, something bought, something found, something that makes you happy or makes you remember, something that makes you feel safe, etc. The prerequisite to taking your object on the voyage to be displayed in the museum on Mars is to talk about the artifact you picked and why it’s special, i.e., the ‘story’ of the object (thus the ’story’ of the storyteller). The ’story’ can be real or speculative.
Dr. Kev introduced students to the Solar System and presented hands-on activities supported by outreach staff (EPO) in the room.
Mars is sometimes called the Red Planet because of the color of its soil. How did the soil become red or rusty colored? Post the Mars Sand activity, ask kids: What ideas do you have about why metal turned rusty?
- Dr. Kev’s March 2020 presentation on the Solar System at CRC
- Bill Nye Mars Sand video
- Solar System Sheet
- Relevant Solar System vocabulary
The Chicago Council on Science and Technology; Carole Robertson Community Center; Shonna Pryor from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; CMB-S4 Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Manager; CBM-S4 scientist Kevork N. Abazaijan, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Director of the Center for Cosmology the University of California, Irvine.
Teen Jeopardy Night
August 11, 2021, 6pm-7pm CST
Are you READY! We are launching our first-ever CMB-S4 Jeopardy Night. Are you up for an evening of physics fun? Join us for a night filled with science research challenges. Represent your high school, win fun prizes, and lead your team to VICTORY! If you did not attend the Saturday Science Series talks, no worries. CMB-S4 scientists will be on hand to support your team. Come as a group or as an individual. Let the games begin!
- Hasini P., IVA High School, Irvine CA
- Hasini also earned a certificate for attending all four sessions of the April 2021 CMBS-4 Saturday Science Series
- “Yesterday’s Jeopardy Night was very fun!”
- Amitha M., Plano East Senior High School, Plano TX
- “Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event. I enjoyed meeting the scientists and learning more about astronomy through the Jeopardy game!”
- Christal B., Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress TX
- “Thank you again so much for this fun opportunity!”
June 19, 2021 — Window to the Universe: 3D Design Program
Join us on June 19th at 10:00 am CT for a live webinar to learn how to design telescope cameras that are used to map the Universe. Scientist Benjamin Schmitt from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian will share his research, life at the south pole, and explore the telescope camera design challenge.
Dr. Schmitt will be joined by Kent Lambert at the University of Chicago Hack Arts Lab who will 3D print a telescope camera model. We will also be joined by the Museum of Science and Industry Fab Lab team who will teach you how to create your own 3D projects.
Introduction to Dr. Schmitt & Design Challenges: video
Take on one of the design challenges using materials you have at home, learn more here.
Register to attend this live event and share your designs with us by uploading a photo of your creation. This program will be presented as a Zoom webinar. All registrants will receive the webinar link a week prior to the program.
April 3, 10, 17, & 24 2021 — CMB-S4 Saturday Science Series
In collaboration with Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics, the CMB-S4 Collaboration introduces our first Saturday Science Series. Join over zoom to learn about the origin and history of the universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and how we plan to expand the frontiers of knowledge with the CMB-S4 experiment.
Organizers: Juliet Crowell and Felipe Maldonado
- April 3 — The Expansion of the Universe — Felipe Maldonado (Florida State University) and Kevin Huffenberger (Florida State University)
- April 10 — The Lambda-CDM Model — Gabriela Marques (Florida State University) and Kasey Wagoner (Princeton University)
- April 17 — The Cosmic Microwave Background — Colin Bischoff (University of Cincinnati) and Tom Crawford (University of Chicago)
- April 24 — The CMB-S4 Experiment — Cyndia Yu (Stanford University) and Tom Crawford (University of Chicago)
March 9 & 11 2021 — Frontiers of CMB Science
Tuesday March 9 at 7:30 pm EST / 6:30 pm CST / 5:30 pm MST / 4:30 pm PST
The Cosmic Microwave Background provides a snapshot of the early universe, long before the evolution of stars, galaxies, and planets. Precision measurements of the CMB over the last twenty years are the basis of our highly successful model of cosmology. The next decade of CMB research promises new discoveries in related to astrophysics, particle physics, and the origin of our universe. Four young researchers on the next-generation CMB-S4 experiment will highlight some of the most exciting frontiers in cosmology.
Thursday March 11 at 7:30 pm EST / 6:30 pm CST / 5:30 pm MST / 4:30 pm PST
The cosmic microwave background is the light released when the universe became transparent when it was about 400,000 years old. It has been traveling through the universe ever since. We have been measuring and studying it for just over 50 years, but it still has much to teach us about the universe. John Ruhl and Johanna Nagy, build the instruments that enable us to study the universe using the CMB. John is the Connecticut Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. Johanna did her Ph.D. with John and just started her faculty job last May at Washington University in St. Louis. Join us to hear about the instruments that we use to measure the CMB and a professor-student success story.
August 11 2020 — A Scientist Walks Into A Bar: Cosmic Microwave Background and the Origins of the Universe
Host Kate Golembiewski chats with cosmologists Renée Hložek (University of Toronto) and Kimmy Wu (the University of Chicago and Stanford) about the cosmic microwave background: electromagnetic radiation left over from the beginning of the universe.