Robopocalypse Book CoverPreventing the Robopocalypse

A STEAM Exploration Camp from Northern Illinois University
With Special Guest Author Daniel H. Wilson

June 15-20, 2014
Campers Entering Grades 9-12

Are we destined to build smarter and smarter machines until we engineer our species out of existence? Find out during this  week-long residential camp.

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James DashnerMaze Runner

Meet James Dashner at Northern Illinois University

Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Brunch: 9 AM, NIU Memorial Library Staff Lounge (Lower Level)- Join STEM Read and Friends of the NIU Libraries in welcoming James to campus with brunch and casual conversation. Registration is required for this free event. Email Deborah Pixton to RSVP ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Field Trip - High school students will be on campus to play a live-action game based on the science behind The Maze Runner. Learn more. Green screen photos now available!

Public Talk: 1 PM, NIU Altgeld Auditorium (Balcony) - James will discuss his novels and the upcoming film adaptation of The Maze Runner and then participate in a Q&A. Free and open to the public.

    Next Generation Science with Cross-Curricular Teaching Educator Dinner: 5 PM Follet McHenry Campus. James Dashner, STEM Read Coordinator Gillian King-Cargile, and other educators will share knowledge on Next Gen Science and new teaching strategies. This event is free, but registration is required. Register now.


STEMulating Young(er) Minds!

We have a new name and new books to share. STEM Teen Read has become STEM Read. You can now find books to help readers of all ages explore the science behind the fiction. Check out our STEM Teen Read for young adult books or head over to STEM Read Jr. to see books, videos, and games for younger readers. Our inaugural STEM Read Jr. book is Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty!