September 30, 2023


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COD Celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Sept. 21

College of DuPage will host a series of free virtual events during STEM Week, running Monday, Sept. 21, to Saturday, Sept. 26. The week will include daily social media highlights on the College’s Facebook and/or Instagram platforms as well as livestreamed videos via YouTube. All livestream events take place at 7 p.m. and can be accessed on the College’s Livestream page.

Register here to receive reminders about STEM Week live sessions.

“When people think of studying STEM, they don’t usually think about starting at a community college,” said COD STEM Outreach Coordinator Sara Spaniol. “We want to change that. STEM Week allows us to highlight all the amazing reasons why College of DuPage is at the forefront of STEM education. Participants will hear from faculty, alumni and current experts in the field, see some of our unique spaces virtually and learn how to fund their STEM education, among other things.”

STEM Week events include:

Monday, Sept. 21

STEM Q&A (Social Media): Do you have questions about STEM at COD? Visit the College’s Facebook or Instagram stories on Monday to ask questions, then return on Friday, Sept. 25, for the answers.

COD Cribs (Livestream): Join COD Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science Steve Santello for a virtual tour of the College’s state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including the gaming lab and new virtual/augmented reality classroom.

Alumni Highlights (Social Media): Learn why alumni chose COD to start their education in STEM, as well as how their experience at the College prepared them for their further education and careers.

Why COD? Faculty Panel Discussion (Livestream): Faculty from COD’s STEM, Career/Technical Education and Health Science programs discuss what makes the College stand out in STEM education and what makes COD a great starting place for a STEM degree.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Did You Know? STEM Careers (Social Media): Explore interesting and enlightening facts about careers in STEM.

Engineering Your Path: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Burke (Livestream): COD Engineering Professor Scott Banjavcic and Dr. Christopher Burke, CEO of Christopher B. Burke Engineering and Professor of Practice at University of Illinois at Chicago Civil and Materials Engineering program, discuss why STEM careers are important in today’s world. Burke also will share how COD graduates are prepared for the workforce and the advantages they gain from starting their STEM degree at COD.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Did You Know? Career and Technical Program Careers (Social Media): Explore interesting and surprising facts about Career and Technical Education program careers such as automotive technology, business, computer and information science, horticulture, facility management and manufacturing technology.

Funding Your STEM Education (Livestream): Join this panel of College representatives as they discuss funding options for STEM students at COD. Attendees also will learn about the College’s Engineering Pathways program and STEM Student Success Scholarship.

Friday, Sept. 25

STEM Q&A (Social Media): Following up on Mondays call for questions, COD STEM Dean Jennifer Cumpston responds to questions submitted by parents and the community via Facebook. Student questions will be answered by alumna Cierra Desmaratti via Instagram.

Saturday, Sept.26

Did You Know? Health Science Careers (Social Media): Learn interesting and surprising facts about careers in the health sciences.

The Physics of Baseball with Alan M. Nathan (Social Media): Examine the world of baseball through the lens of physics. Professor Emeritus of Physics Alan M. Nathan from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present this engaging talk while sprinkling in amusing high-speed videos and anecdotes about our national pastime.

This webinar is free but requires pre-registration in order to receive the webinar link. To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208. Registration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Learn more about STEM Week at College of DuPage.

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