EYH 2014

A Day in the Life of a Food Scientist at Quaker Oats

Food Science/Engineering

Find out how they get those oat flakes so flat. Become a product developer for the day and make your own blend of oatmeal! Come spend a day with the food scientists and engineers at Quaker Foods/PepsiCo.

Be the Architect of Your Own Future


Learn all about architectural design and the kinds of decisions that architects make every day. With the help of a team of women architects, create your own design project that you get to bring home with you to share with friends and family.

Crypto-what?? Use Math to Make and Break Secret Codes!


Cryptography is the art of creating and solving codes. Work with a mathematician from the University of Illinois at Chicago to learn how cryptography is used today and break some codes!

Don’t Be Crabby

Marine Biology, Zoology

Connect with the living world through learning about aquatic animals, their needs and care, and how they play an important role in our ecosystem. Aquarists and scientists from the Shedd Aquarium will lead you in a hands-on, observational exploration of live Hermit crabs! Learn about what goes into constructing habitats for aquatic animals at the Shedd Aquarium as you carve and mold your own models out of wood and clay.

Don’t Get Caught with Your Plants Down!

Botany, Forestry, Agriculture

Chainsaws, ropes, and microscopes–these are just some of the everyday tools Stephanie Adams, a plant pathologist and arborist at The Morton Arboretum, uses to take care of trees and plants. Learn about tree care and plant diseases that you might find in your own yard, grocery store, or even your refrigerator!

Juice from Juice: Berry Solar Cells

Physics, Electrical Engineering

Use berries (yes, berries!) as a source of energy to turn on a light bulb as you explore voltage, electric current, and electricity in this physics workshop with physicists from the University of Chicago.

Let’s Talk Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Engineering, Computer Science

Many engineers use computer science every day in their work. Join the Society of Women Engineers as you learn more about the thought processes useful in computer science and write instructions for a computer to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich!

Materials Inspired from Nature

Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Biomedical and chemical engineers are like magicians. They use everyday objects and materials they find in nature in creative ways to make new and helpful things. Try your hand at biomedical engineering in your own glitter-infused engineering project.

No Gasoline Needed: Harnessing the Sun for your Car!

Chemistry, Engineering

How can we use the Sun to make our cars run? Learn all about solar panels and construct a model fuel cell car!

Reaching for the Stars

Astronomy, Physics, Visualization

What is the lifecycle of a star? What happens when two galaxies collide? Explore these questions and more as you travel the Universe at your fingertips using online tools! Create your own sky shows with the help of astronomers from the Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University.

Secret Languages: Talking to Friends and Enemies

Biology, Animal Behavior, Biochemistry

Become an entomologist for the day and learn about how butterflies “speak” to each other! With scientists from the University of Chicago, you will make your own “talking” butterflies!

Shooting Particles


Some physicists study very small things that move very, very fast. Using very large equipment called accelerators, they crash these particles into each other and observe what happens!  Learn how particle physicists from Fermilab investigate these tiny particles and engage in your own investigation of the unknown!

Spreading Science with Museums

Museum Education, Physics, Biology

Museum educators help people understand science and why it is so important in our daily lives. Join educators from the Field Museum and become a science communicator for the day! Learn how to explain scientific discoveries to others and what goes into creating exhibits for a museum.

Solving the Pieces of a Genetic Puzzle: An Introduction to Genetic Counseling


Explore the field of genetic counseling as you identify genetic diagnoses of individuals based on their chromosomes with the help of genetic counselors from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Using Plants to Keep our Water Clean

Earth Science, Environmental Health

If we’re not careful, trash and chemicals on land can get into our lakes and rivers and pollute our water. Join conservationists from the University of Illinois at Chicago and learn how plants can help our water stay clean.

Yummy! What’s for dinner?


Different animals have different eating habits. Learn about why food is necessary for survival and how our digestive systems work by dissecting owl pellets!

What’s the Best House for My Climate?

Biology, Natural Science, Ecology

Join educators from the Garfield Park Conservatory as they discuss how plants and animals survive in different climates. Work together to create houses out of natural materials for people living in different climates

Wind Energy Challenge

Engineering, Earth Sciences

Learn about wind energy and design a virtual turbine with engineers from BP. BP is a leading energy company, powering our communities with oil, gas, and various types of low-carbon energy—including wind. And yes, it’s the same “BP” you see on all those gas stations! In this workshop, you’ll act as a research engineer to design and experiment a wind turbine using video game simulations on the computer.