Illinois Science Council (“ISC”) is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the public about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our everyday lives.
ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region’s arts & culture offerings by raising understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects. We complement student-oriented STEM outreach by offering programs aimed at adults. Through the wide variety of programs we offer year-round, we showcase the scientists and research of the area’s institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation’s true “City of Science.” We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote:
“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”
The Illinois Science Council explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don’t care what’s been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It’s simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of… Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings (The Atom Smashers, Food Evolution), the Chicago Science Festival every May, and more.