Turn Spring Break into a STEAM Break

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We will focus on one of these five interrelated subjects each day during the week of March 27 – 31. Vote for your favorite inventor on the Curtiss Street chalkboard all week long. 

Adult Programs

Technology Trends
Tues., Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room
Self-driving cars. Delivery drones. Smart homes. The technology that once seemed like something from a science fiction novel is actually right around the corner! Join Michael Gershbein of technology training company Very Smart People as he discusses the hottest tech gadgets that may soon become a major part of your life.

Art in the Victorian Era
Thurs., Mar. 23, 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Room
The Downers Grove Museum teaches about art in the Victorian era! Explore the innovations that defined this turning point in art - Romanticism, Impressionism, and photography. Conclude with a special look at the Museum's art holdings.

Video Game Design Ages 18+
Mon., Mar. 27, 11:00 a.m. 
Mon., Mar. 27, 7:00 p.m. 
Training Room
Make a simple video game using GameMaker: Studio software. No experience necessary. 

Movie: October Sky
Tues., Mar. 28, 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Room

Hydroponics & Aquaponics
Tues., Mar. 28, 7:00 p.m.
Explore soilless gardening for sustainable food production in and around the home. Presented by ROOT 66 Garden Shop.

Solar Energy
Wed., Mar. 29, 11:00 a.m. 
What is it? How does it generate electricity? What incentives and benefits are available?

DIY Bath Bomb Ages 18+
Wed., Mar. 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Science meets the spa. Drop in and make your own. 

Science Behind The Martian
Thurs., Mar. 30, 7:00 p.m. 
What did the movie get right or wrong? Michelle Nichols from Adler Planetarium highlights advancements used in missions.

Movie: Arrival
Fri., Mar. 31, 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Room

Movie: Stand and Deliver
Fri., Mar. 31, 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Room


Teen Programs

Escape Room Grades 9 – 12
Mon., Mar. 27, 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Room
Science Day: Dr. Johnson’s Lab: Zombie Apocalypse
Using puzzles, code, and interactive maps, escape the lab with an antidote for a deadly airborne virus. 

Handmade Coasters
Thurs., Mar. 30, 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Room
Art Day: Use our supplies to make your own. 

BeTweens: Paint with Your Toes
Thurs., Mar. 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Tweens and Teens: Escape Room Grades 5 – 8
Fri., Mar. 31, 2:00 p.m. 
Kids Program Room
Math Day: The Wolf’s Den
Using puzzles, code, and interactive maps, break out of the Big Bad Wolf’s den by overriding his complex security system. 


Kids Programs

Lava Lamp
Mon., Mar. 27, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Register beginning Thurs., Mar. 2. Learn about liquids and make a colorful “lava lamp.”

Captivating Chemistry 
Mon., Mar. 27, 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 
Register beginning Thurs., Mar. 2. Explore chemistry through creating messy potions and mixtures.

What’s Inside?
Tues., Mar. 28, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Register beginning Thurs., Mar. 2. Take apart a computer, DVD player, and more. 

World’s Slowest Marble Roller Coaster 
Wed., Mar. 29, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Register beginning Thurs., Mar. 2. Using household objects, how slow can it go? 

Tweet: A Craft for the Birds
Thurs., Mar. 30, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Register beginning Thurs., Mar. 2. Make a cute bird’s nest and listen to some birdy stories! 

Shapes, Numbers, and Colors, Oh My! 
Fri., Mar. 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Play fun games that will incorporate sorting, sequencing, and more. 

Mad Science Presents: Icky, Gooey, Bubbly Science
Sat., Apr. 1, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Witness several amazing science experiments demonstrated by a Mad Scientist!