STEMCON speaker Angela Price

Stage Shows

Every year, we are excited to welcome amazing speakers and awesome demonstrations to our stage as part of STEMCON. Past Stage Shows have included talks from College of DuPage experts, nationally renowned guest speakers, Bed of Nails demonstrations, weather balloon launches, and more. 

Keynote Speaker: Justin Shaifer 

P.E. Arena Stage
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Boring lectures and uninspiring teachers often ruin students' perceptions of STEM. This adventurous talk informs students about real life experiences of modern STEM professionals, and the prospects of STEM careers. Students will leave this talk well-aware of their potential career and scholarship opportunities in STEM.

FUN with Chemistry!

Professors Lubna Haque and Bill Peacy
P.E. Arena Stage
12:30 p.m.

Chemistry demonstrations, for people of all ages, that help spark an enduring interest in this science. Join COD Chemistry Professors Lubna Haque and Bill Peacy for a fun filled event with live demos and explanation of some reactions that deal with various branches of chemistry.  

Weather Balloon

Professor Ron Stenz
P.E. Arena Stage
1:30 p.m. 

Join us as we explore the world of weather! COD Meteorology will perform a weather balloon launch to showcase one of the most important ways weather data is collected daily around the world.

Prairie Tour

Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler
Meet at Customer Service Booth
10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Visitors will learn about prairie restoration at COD and tour the Ecological Study area, a section of approximately 15 acres of woodland, marsh and reconstructed prairie featuring nearly 300 species of native tallgrass plants, as well as a variety of wildlife including many species of insects, toads, frogs, turtles, small mammals, and birds such as warblers, wading birds, owls and hawks. Appropriate clothing (long pants and walking shoes) is required.


This event is funded pursuant to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board and funded partially through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).