STEAM and STEM Classes

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much more. It’s not just for big kids, either; some spots have activities for kids as young as 2.

This article is sponsored by Codeverse and the featured listings.

Codeverse

Codeverse Naperville
55 S. Main Street, Suite 230
Naperville, IL 60540
(844) 644-CODE
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Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse – Chicago’s best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6-13!

Codeverse is an award-winning, state-of-the-art studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and games, and interact with top-notch technology including, professional-grade sound and light equipment, 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms.

Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could toddle, the Codeverse curriculum is designed to be engaging and easy to digest for children of all experience. 

Codeverse is offering $100 OFF* their Codeverse Crew Membership. Membership includes: 

  • 75-minute weekly after-school, evening, or weekend classes
  • 1 complimentary ‘Kids Night Out’ per month 
  • Early bird specials on Summer Camps and Day-Off Camps 

To sign up, visit Codeverse at www.codeverse.com

*Offer ends 9/15/2019

STEAM and STEM Classes in the Western Suburbs

Engineering for Kids of Chicago’s Western Suburbs
850 S. Frontenac Street
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 634-7315
Weekly STEM classes available at the center for children ages 4 and up. Select elementary schools also host classes.

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Illinois Math and Science Academy
1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-5000
FUNshop programming available for grades 3-6.

SciTech Museum
18 West Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-3434
STEAM workshops and programmings available through the Early Learning Center.

Science Adventures (Run by Fermilab)
Lederman Science Education Center
Fermilab MS 777
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 840-8259
Science programming available for children in kindergarten and up.

Downers Grove Friends of the Gifted
O’Neill Middle School
635 59th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
frog.super.saturday@gmail.com
Weekly STEAM “Super Saturday” programs for children in kindergarten and up.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Elmhurst and Lombard)
Locations vary in Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Western Springs, and Westmont
STEM enrichment programming available at local elementary schools, park districts and preschools. Check their website for up-to-date schedule.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Southwest Suburban Chicago)
Locations vary.
STEM enrichment programming available at local elementary schools, park districts and preschools.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Naperville and East Aurora)
Locations vary in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Plainfield, and Aurora
STEM enrichment programming available at local elementary schools, park districts and preschools. Check their website for up-to-date schedule.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Oswego and La Grange)
Locations vary in Oswego, La Grange, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and Burr Ridge
After-school STEM enrichment programming available at local elementary schools, as well as LaGrange Park District, Oswegoland Park District and The Community House.

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TinkRWorks
21 W 2nd Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 819-8926
After-school STEAM programming available at the Engagement Center for 1st grade and up, as well as local elementary school offerings in Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove and Willowbrook.

Code Ninjas
Drop-in learning, camps, and parent’s night out for children ages 7-14 years old. Locations in Westmont, Naperville, and Elmhurst. Coming soon in Wheaton, Tinley Park and Oak Park.

Grace Lutheran Preschool Bridge
200 North Catherine Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-0737
As part of their early education program, Grace Lutheran offers enrichment classes in math and science.

Codeverse

Codeverse Naperville
55 S. Main Street, Suite 230
Naperville, IL 60540
(844) 644-CODE
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse – Chicago’s best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6-13!

Codeverse is an award-winning, state-of-the-art studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and games, and interact with top-notch technology including, professional-grade sound and light equipment, 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms.

Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could toddle, the Codeverse curriculum is designed to be engaging and easy to digest for children of all experience. 

Codeverse is offering $100 OFF* their Codeverse Crew Membership. Membership includes: 

  • 75-minute weekly after-school, evening, or weekend classes
  • 1 complimentary ‘Kids Night Out’ per month 
  • Early bird specials on Summer Camps and Day-Off Camps 

To sign up, visit Codeverse at www.codeverse.com

*Offer ends 9/15/2019

Codinu

Codinu
2244 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 474-1052
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Codinu offers after-school coding and robotics courses to girls and boys, ages 7 to 17 years.

Special features include:

  • 4:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Fun and collaborative environment
  • Flexible learning space

Check out the Fall 2019 schedule at www.codinu.com/courses. The courses include:

  • Coding Foundation (Scratch Animation and Game Design)
  • Software and Game Developer (Coding in Python)
  • NEW! App Developer (Build an iOS app)
  • NEW! AP Computer Science Prep (Grade 8 and above)

Call (630) 474-1052 or email info@codinu.com for more information.

Center for Talent Development (run by Northwestern University)
North Central College
31 N. Loomis Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(847) 491-3782
Weekend and online programs available, starting as young as 4 years old.

Fun With Science at Oak Brook Park District

Fun With Science
Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Thursdays, 11:30am-12:15pm

Your child will have a great time learning during the Oak Brook Park District Fun With Science classes. Designed for kids ages 3-4, they offer three programs that explore different subjects. During September, in “Magical Magnets”, children will explore, experiment, and paint with magnets. October features “Curious Candy”, were they will experiment with different reactions using candy! In “Gooey Goodness”, they’ll measure, mix, and squeeze all kinds of slime for the November exploration. All three classes are independent programs, but sign up for all three to get the full experience.

Code Play Learn
132 N. Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 374-8286
Preschool STEAM Drop-Ins with parent involvement. Weekly STEM classes for 2nd graders and up.

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Cool Science
(630) 957-8341
info@coolscienceinc.com
Traveling birthday parties, girl scout programming, and STEAM classes offered through local park districts.

Engineering for Kids: Chicagoland
Locations vary
After-school STEM enrichment programming available at local elementary schools in Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Woodridge, Orland Park and La Grange.

Code Red Academy
17720 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL
Children learn coding in a classroom setting or through private lessons. Ages 5-14 years old.

STREAM Tutoring, Classes & Parties
29 W100 Butterfield Road Suite 103
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 800-7942
Private tutoring, birthday parties, and parents night out available. STREAM Academy starts as early as preschool.

Kids Science Labs
275 Rice Lake Square
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 517-8045
Weekly classes available for children ages 2 years and up. Birthday parties and schools out programming also available. Read about Annie’s experience at Kids Science Labs here.

Sylvan Learning Center
1292 Rickert Drive, Suite 148
Naperville, Illinois 60540
(630) 848-9769

2812 75th Street
Woodridge, Illinois 60517
(331) 481-8852
Weekly STEM classes available

In addition to these options, check your park district or local library for drop-in classes or Makerspace areas, too!

Our classes and teams for kids page has tons of other options for kids to explore new interests!

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 5 1/2, 4, and 6 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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