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Summer is in full swing, and we have an upcoming mirror anamorphosis workshop at Urbana Middle School on June 20th.  Head over to our Upcoming events page for more details and to sign up to volunteer! O

ur paper gear activity at the Urbana Farmer’s market was a blast!  Check out the Past Events page for more pictures!


Read about ENVISION’s most recent partnership with POETS, a NSF Research Center. Together, they hosted a “STEM Outreach: A Supplement to Your Research Skill Set” seminar for graduate students during the NSF site visit. The seminar gave students resources to help them get involved with outreach at their institutions, and involved a pizza solar oven competition. Read more about the event here: http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/POETS.Grad.Outreach.html


The second annual Booker T. Washington’s Family Engineering Fair was another success!  Rain didn’t stop the students from having a blast learning about science doing hands-on activities.  Check out our Past Events page for more pictures and details!


Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out at the I-STEM Live Symposium!  The students who participated had a blast doing hands-on science activities, and you can check out our Past Events page for more details!

Here are some comments from the students who participated:

The slime one was the best.
The laser things.
The interactive breakout sessions were the best.
I think everything was perfect.
I learned new things & getting to do hands on things.
The most important thing was listening to the adults teaching.
Following the rules and learning something new.
I learned more about science and computing.
I learned and tried new things.
Having FUN and learning new things
The most important part of the I-STEM Live Conference as talking to a mechanical engineer grad student.
Everything was Awesome!


A huge shout out to one of our members Dorothy Silverman and the CU Fab Lab for their help in developing the awesome DIY Microscopy Modules! Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped make the 30+ foldscopes and the ones who volunteered during the event at the Champaign Public Library!  The students had a blast! We look forward to the next iteration of this activity.  Check out our Past Events page for more details!


Thank you to all of our volunteers from last Saturday at the St. Elmo Brady STEM Symposium!  The kids had a great time at our station making homemade bouncy balls and learning about polymers!  Check out our Past Event page for more details!

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Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Kenwood Elementary Field Trip!  The students had a blast building superhydrophobic water roller coasters and learning how to program robots with Lego Mindstorm. Here is a note we received from one of their teachers:

Thank you all so much for volunteering your time and expertise last week for our students at Kenwood.  They are still talking about it!  We really appreciate the time you spent organizing and making sure our students had a meaningful, challenging, as well as empowering time with you all.  Attached is a photo ‘thank you’ our students would like to extend to you all.

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Check out our Past Events page for more details!

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Do you have an idea for a STEM outreach activity? Leave us a comment and let us know how we can help!