Welcome to ENVISION!

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

Our last event for the semester is happening this weekend, on Saturday, April 29th from 12-3 pm at the Booker T. Washington (BTW) Family Engineering Fair!  This event has previously had over 400 kids and their families attend, and we anticipate similar attendance this year!  If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here, or head over to our Upcoming Events page for more 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!

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.


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!