The sixth annual Science Works S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career celebration at Chicago’s Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry, which I will continue to abbreviate as M.S.I., will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Engineers, neuroscientists, a veterinarian, and app designers will be on hand. Science Works, sponsored by BP, is included with Museum Entry tickets.
Children and their adults can engage in hands-on activities. With the help of BP engineers, one can make a tool that measures wind speed. A veterinarian will guide guests through taking a dog’s heartbeat. Neuroscientists will help guests explore how our brains work. Guests can also bring ideas into the world with a 3D printer.
Representatives of nearly forty companies and other organizations will be on site, including BP, Nicor Gas, Metro by T-Mobile, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Latinas in Tech., according to the Facebook Webpage for the event. S.T.E.M. professionals will answer questions, make engaging demonstrations, and offer advice to youngsters curious about starting careers in S.T.E.M. fields. The twenty-seven companies and other organizations that will be represented at the sixth annual Science Works are Animal Quest Entertainment; The Anti-Cruelty Society; the Argonne National Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory, High Energy Physics Division; BP Products North America, Inc.; Building Bridges, Inc.®; Cubz 2 Kingz; Exelon Corporation; The Genius Lab; HBK Engineering, L.L.C.; Latinas in Tech; MAGMA Foundry Technologies; Metro by T-Mobile; the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago; the Museum of Science and Industry’s own Fab Lab; Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company; Nicor Gas; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach; Northwestern University Prosthetics and Orthotics Center; PepsiCo R&D; the Northwestern University Chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (S.A.S.E.); the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the I.I.T.; Shure, Inc.; TransUnion; UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center; and The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. [I previously profiled the Wanger Family Fab Lab.] The event is Museum-wide on the Main Level from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Credit: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Caption: This is a promotional video for Science Works from 2014.
Credit: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Caption: this video from 2015 is more generally about the M.S.I.’s efforts to promote S.T.E.M. education.
As I wrote about yesterday, the M.S.I. announced on Thursday, October 3, 2019 that the Board of Trustees had voted to accept a $125,000,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. M.S.I. executives and board members felt it would consequently be appropriate to change the M.S.I.’s name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry. A multi-billionaire, Mr. Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Citadel, Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund. His gift is the largest in the history of the science and technology museum, and one of the largest gifts to any cultural institution in Chicago.
The institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago. Founded by Sears, Roebuck & Company President Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) in 1926, through The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940. It occupies the Palace of Fine Arts from Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). Throughout the whole of October, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except today, Saturday, October 5, 2019, when it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. because of the annual Columbian Ball being held tonight.
The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637. The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.