Children exploring STEM

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about STEMCON. Can't find the answer to your questions? E-mail us at stemcon@cod.edu and we'd be happy to answer them!

STEMCON is a public outreach event designed to inspire and educate K-12 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This family-friendly event encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities and demonstrations while providing the opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual researcher, industry representatives, and STEM educators. 

STEM is an acronym that stands for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

In recent years, discussion of STEM-related programs has become a priority because too few college students are pursuing degrees in these fields. The U.S. Department of Labor expects that there will be 1.2 million job openings in STEM related fields by 2018, but there won’t be enough qualified graduates to fill them.

What’s more, the skills obtained from an increased exposure to all elements of STEM education, including but not limited to analytical and mathematical skills, technical and technological proficiency, and problem solving can be applied to any number of careers. 

While STEMCON is open to everyone and sure to thrill attendees of all ages, the convention and activities are primarily geared toward high school and middle school students. Please keep in mind, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

No. While you don’t need to register for the event, certain activities, including the workshops and prairie tours, have limited space and will require you to sign up for them in advance.

If you are bringing a large group from your school or organization, bus parking will be available in Lot 5. Visit our Directions tab for more information about drop-off and parking. 

Yes! We would love to have you help make this event run smoothly. Volunteer for all or part of the day, plus you get a free STEMCON polo! Check back for our volunteer sign-up form. 

STEMCON is free and open to the public. 

At STEMCON, you will have the opportunity to view and take part in a broad range of STEM-based activities, including hands-on, well facilitated experiments and demonstrations that are fun and informative for the whole family. Click on the Schedule tab for more information. 

Resting in the center of DuPage County and School District 502, College of DuPage is conveniently located at 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Please click on the Directions tab for more information.

Yes. Concessions will be available for purchase on-site for the duration of STEMCON. 

The more the merrier. Please email us at stemcon@cod.edu.

Yes! For information on ADA accommodations or for special requests, please contact Marsha Metcalf at metcalf@cod.edu. If possible, please give advance notice of any requests you may have.