In addition to our online programming, the STEM Teen Read also offers contests and live events. If you live in the northern Illinois area or want to plan a visit, check out these free upcoming events.

Preventing the Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse Book CoverA 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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STEMfest Sci-Fi Writing Competition- First Place Winner!

Pacemaker by Andy Sima

It was the phone call that started it all.  Humphrey Beaumont, the business tycoon and controversial public figure, was out of office on the day his partners in Hawaii called for an emergency conference on Maui. 

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STEMfest Sci-Fi Writing Competition- Second Place Winner!

The Hounds by Dessa Leonard

“This is a Code 42. I repeat, Code 42. Begin sealing the building.”

 “No! Let us out!!”

“The building has been sealed commander.”

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STEMfest Sci-Fi Writing Competition- Third Place Winner!

Synthetic Biology by Lauren Brazeau 

My name is Dr. Thomas F. Watson.  I’m a geneticist from Baltimore, and I was lucky enough to be a part of the Human Genome Project.  I was there from the very beginning, and up until it’s completion in 2003.  Once the project had been finished, I decided to leave the field.

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