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The Illinois Science Council ("ISC") raises awareness and understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics in the adult public through interesting and engaging programs. We highlight the scientists and the insititutions that show Chicago as the City of Science in our country.
ISC is an independent, volunteer-driven organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our everyday lives. ISC serves as the adult complement to the many science-outreach organizations focused on K-12 students and as the science complement to Chicago's many arts and humanities organizations.
ISC creates public programs that bring scientists together with adults who want to cultivate their innate curiosity about STEM topics. Our brain/neuroscience series includes programs like, "Your Brain on Happiness," "Your Brain on Creativity," and "Your Brain on Love, Sex and Oxytocin." To teach chemistry principles we’ve offered "Chemistry of Beer," "Chemistry of Chocolate," "Chemistry of Coffee" and more. Our fundraising events include "Science of a Cocktail Party" (part science attractions/part cocktail benefit) in the fall and a Pi Day Pi K 3.14 mile fun run in the spring.
Our work is inspired by this Carl Sagan quote: "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." However, that’s a rather harsh sentiment although it speaks to the dismal level of science literacy in our county. At ISC, we prefer not to make people feel "illiterate" by focusing on what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). Instead, we focus simply on continuing to exercise the inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. In that way we are motivated by this Sagan quote: "The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." So ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach.
The variety of ISC programs is all designed to bring science to the layperson. For more information contact Monica at mmetzler@IllinoisScience.org.
- Monica Metzler
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