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

  • Fall Series: Oct. 24 - Dec. 12

    Oct. 24, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Speaker and topic TBD

    Nov. 8, 10:15 a.m.

    DNA-bots: Sci-fi or Reality?
    Dr. Yamuna Krishnan, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

    Nov. 10, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Exploring Environmental Chemistry
    Paul Ohno and Mavis Boamah, Ph.D. candidates, Northwestern University

    Nov. 14, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Studying the Ocean from Chicago
    Andy Kough, marine ecologist, Shedd Aquarium

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

    Protecting Our Watershed
    Mary Mitros, Jamie Lock & Jennifer Hintze, civil engineers, DuPage Country Stormwater 

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

    The Future of Solar Power
    Arin Greenwood, Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago, Institute for Molecular Engineering

    Dec. 8, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Synthetic Biology 101: Thinking Outside the Cell
    Anne d'Aquino, Ph.D. candidate, Northwestern University

    Dec. 12, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Careers in Animal Science
    Dr. Audrey Keller, veterinarian, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association

  • Astellas Series: Nov. 1–2

    November 1, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Speaker and topic TBD

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

    Speaker and topic TBD