Field Trips

Jr. Science Cafes

Students can meet STEM professionals and talk with them about their career paths and their personal journeys into science.

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be a scientist? 

During these 30-minute conversations, students will challenge their own scientific curiosity and uncover the lives of scientists and engineers through dynamic demonstrations and hands-on activities. Each session is an exciting opportunity for your students to interact with professionals and learn about cutting-edge research from experts.

There is no additional charge for these sessions, but they must be reserved. Please contact us at (773) 684-1414 to include a Jr. Science Café session with your field trip. Capacity is 35 students. This program is best for students in grades 5 through 12.

Jr. Science Cafe Schedule

  • Northwestern Series: May 2–5

    May 2, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Exploring Liquid Flow (On a Tiny Scale!)
    James Hedrick, graduate student
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Northwestern University

    May 4, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Simulating the World and Universe Around Us
    Zachary Hafen, graduate student 
    Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
    Northwestern University

    May 5, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    3-D Printing and You
    Adam Jakus, postdoctoral fellow
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    Northwestern University

  • University of Chicago IME Series: May 10–June 2

    May 10, 10:15 a.m.

    A Survivalist's Guide to Building a Battery
    Yu Kambe, battery engineer

    May 10, 11:15 a.m.

    Tuning by Pruning: Modifying Material Properties With Computers
    Daniel Reid, PhD candidate

    May 12, 10:15 a.m.

    Saving the Good Guys: Bacteria That Helps Make Food
    Johnny Alfaro, PhD candidate

    May 12, 11:15 a.m.

    How Liquid Crystals Make Color in Our Everyday World
    Emre Sevgen, PhD candidate

    May 16, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Journey Through the Immune System
    Elyse Watkins and Lea Maillat, PhD candidates

    May 18, 10:15 a.m.

    The Magic of Wound Healing
    Jialu Liu, PhD candidate

    May 18, 11:15 a.m.

    Exploring Pressure in Extreme Environments
    Viktor Rozsa, PhD candidate

    May 22, 10:15 a.m.

    You, Too, Can Quantum Compute!
    Kevin Miao, PhD candidate

    May 22, 11:15 a.m.

    Nanomanufacturing: Small Solutions for Big Problems
    Moshe Dolejsi, PhD candidate

    May 31, 10:15 a.m.

    The Future of Solar Power
    Arin Greenwood, PhD candidate

    May 31, 11:15 a.m.

    From Tiny Particles to Planets and Gene Therapy
    Hao Wu and Jiyuan Li, PhD candidates

    June 2, 10:15 a.m.

    Understanding Protein Folding (and When it Goes Wrong) With Computer Simulations
    Ashley Guo, PhD candidate

    June 2, 11:15 a.m.

    Exploring Phase Separation
    Alec Bowen, PhD candidate

  • Astellas Series: May 17–23

    May 17, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Where Magic and Science is United
    Leticia Delgado-Herrera
    Executive Director, Global Development Project Leader

    Brigit Isaacson
    Associate Clinical Program Director

    May 19, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.


    May 23, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Blowing Up a Balloon with Yeast 
    Ashley Hieu Le
    Clinical Study StartUp Associate 

    Debra Sutkowski, PhD
    Director, Therapeutic Area Publications Lead, Urology

There are no Jr. Science Cafés currently available

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