123 3rd-8th grade girls participated in iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center’s first Stellar Girls STEM Summer Camps held in Red Bud on June 6-10 and Waukegan IL on June 20-24. The exciting summer camps were hosted by Southwest Illinois College Red Bud Campus in Red Bud, IL and Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan IL in partnership with the Monroe-Randolph Regional Office of Education and Waukegan to College. Each camp offered five days of fun hands-on STEM activities, field trips and networking with local business and industry partners. The summer camps were made possible through the generous support of the Astellas USA Foundation and lead sponsor Abbott.
Some of the girls’ favorite activities included:
- Making ice cream to explore the science of proteins, enzymes and acids in action as well as energy transfer and phase changes
- Learning how to suture using chicken wings with volunteers from Chester Hospital, Chester, IL nursing staff
- Making new paper from used paper to explore the environmental impacts of deforestation and paper production vs. recycling paper
- Engineering and design challenges involving water recycling and reclamation to understand waste water and water pollutants
Abbott and Astellas USA Foundation had a combined 52 employee volunteers gave of their time and talent by leading activities and networking with campers throughout the week in Waukegan. Overall a truly remarkable 83 volunteers (organizations listed below) assisted the EDUCATE Center in delivering program content, leading field trips or exhibiting at the STEM Fair and Family Day.
- Astellas USA Foundation
- Chester Memorial Hospital
- Chicago Botanic Gardens
- College of Lake County
- Cristo Rey College Prep
- First Baptist Church of Waukegan
- Glister Mary-Lee Corporation
- Missouri Botanic Garden
- Monroe Randolph Regional Office of Education
- Red Bud Hospital
- University Center of Lake County
- Waukegan to College
On the last day of each camp the girls’ families joined them for STEM Fair and Family Day. During the STEM Fair, girls presented posters they created on what they had learned at camp. Family Day Keynote speakers in Red Bud were: Kelton Davis, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Monroe and Randolph Counties and Karen Lindebrekke, Director of Programs, for the EDUCATE Center. Keynotes in Waukegan included: Marta Llende Director, R&D Program, New Product Development Abbott Diagnostics, Philip Schultz, Sr. Principal Research Scientist at Abbott and Leticia Delgado-Herrera, Executive Director, Global Development Project Leader, Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. Speakers shared personal insights and experiences to inspire the girls and their families to recognize that careers in STEM are exciting, rewarding and available right here in Illinois!
The camps provided a phenomenal two weeks of exploration. Feedback from the girls and their families was overwhelmingly positive. One Red Bud camper commented, “I used to think science was a little boring, now I think science is awesome!”
Help us continue to provide programming like the Stellar Girls Summer Camp and after school programs.
Make a donation and receive Stellar Girls Sunglasses or a Stellar Girls Flower Pot Mug
For a $20 donation, the iBIO Institute will send you either the Stellar Girls Sunglasses or the Flower Pot Mug.
For a $35 donation, the iBIO Institute will send you both the sunglasses and the flower pot mug.