Dayton Regional Science Festival at CJ

Area educators, students and professionals are ready to “Ignite Innovation” at several locations around Dayton in celebration of the Dayton Regional Science Festival. The Nov. 15-17 events offer something unique for anyone interested in exploring STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

As part of that celebration, Chaminade Julienne is proud to host, “STEMM Celebration for Families,” an afternoon of interactive displays; interaction with students, teachers and professionals from area schools, universities and businesses; and make & take activities. (The extra “M” stands for Medicine at CJ.)

“We are so pleased with the response from those who have worked with us in the past and who want to be here as part of this celebration of all things ‘STEMM,” said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator. “We can’t express our gratitude enough for their participation and investment in making this an excellent experience for all who attend.”

Participants include the Maggot Man as well as several exhibits from the University of Dayton; Five Rivers MetroParks; Dayton, Power & Light; Institute of Industrial Engineers, Dayton chapter; and partners from area Catholic grade schools.

“This collaboration is just one of the ways CJ STEMM has connected to the larger math, science and technology movement that has been whole-heartedly embraced by the greater Dayton area,” said John Marhsall, CJ principal.

“CJ has built upon the excitement buzzing throughout our community in regards to these types of fields by offering our students, and other area youth, innovative and engaging ways to learn about college and career opportunities beyond the classroom. The Dayton Regional Science Festival is a perfect example.

“We understand the importance of creating the spark early in a child’s educational experience and we’ve seen how working side-by-side with adults in the STEMM fields can ignite a student’s passion for learning even further,” Marshall said.



  • Experiment with cooking techniques invovling molecular gastronomy
  • Make origami artwork and paint with insects
  • Learn about CJ's summer camp and mission trip opportunities
  • Play games provided by the Ohio Energy Project
  • Generate electricity on the "Energy Bike"
  • Take part in task sorting and sequencing activities
  • Construct and test "earthquake-proof" straw structures
  • Build foil boats buoyant enough to carry coins
  • Drive CJ's XtremeBots, used in DRMA battle competitions
  • Find out more about the FIRST Lego League (FLL)
  • Try your hand at tower building challenges using materials such as spaghetti, marshmallows, K'Nex, Legos, and magnets.
  • Fly "whirleycopters"
  • Piece together tangram puzzles
  • Discover spatial relationships and geometric shapes with GeoFix sets
  • Explore anatomy using clay models
  • Test your knowledge of the human body with fun Project Lead the Way activities
  • Delve into the skeletal system with demos using pasta and cereal
  • Navigate aspects of nanotechnology with games and activities
  • Work with live animals to discover adaptations
  • Create electric circuits
  • Hear more about the STEMM Ministry project, Toys for God's Kids
  • Filter water for drinking during the Clean Water Challenge
  • Witness the power of wind and solar energy firsthand
  • Win candy at Chemistry Bingo using the periodic table of elements
  • Partake in DP&L's "Think Hot, Stay Safe" presentation
  • Enjoy snacks and bottled water from C'Est Cheese and Alexandra's Creations (proceeds benefit a charitable cause)



  • Alexandria's Creations
  • American Chemical Society, Dayton Chapter
  • Dayton Power & Light
  • Five Rivers MetroParks
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur


  • University of Dayton
  • Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Bishop Leibold School
  • Mother Brunner Catholic School
  • St. Albert the Great
  • St. Christopher School


  • Rob Drought ‘80, Procter & Gamble Packaging Engineer
  • Steven Jennison ‘12, SCC engineering student, computer science and robotics
  • Alexandra Rivers ‘04, Alexandra's Creations
  • Arthur Siwecki ‘12, UD engineering student, Lego Mindstorms

Learn more about the events of the 2012 Dayton Regional Science Festival: Explore Innovation at