College and Career Expo

What's College Like?

Meet faculty who teach in sciences, arts, health care and technology fields.

Have Fun While Learning

Dozens of demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Explore Your Future

Participate in hands-on science, math and engineering activities.

Join Us

800+ parents and kids attended last year's Expo.

Don’t miss the 2018 College and Career Expo: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Experience dozens of educational and interactive career demonstrations and activities – geared toward children in grades 4 - 8 and their families. Explore a wide variety of 21st century careers; participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations; meet Harper faculty who teach in sciences, health careers, liberal arts and other fields and meet industry professionals.

Download the 2018 College and Career Expo Schedule

Enjoy the following interactive activities at the Expo this year:

  • Women in Science Environmental Labs like Snow 'n Slime, Play-doh Circuits, DIY plasma and Glowing thumbprints
  • Nursing Skills lab/Simulation Hospital/Surgical Tech lab Tours (tours every 20 minutes – maximum 25 people per tour)
  • Fire Science Technology lab
  • Emergency Center
  • Manufacturing Lab tour
  • HVAC lab tour (tours every 30 minutes – maximum 8 people per tour)
  • Design Your Own Poster – Graphics
  • Create Print Palette Cookies – Graphics
  • Career Discovery – Career Development
  • Pond Life Discovery – Biology
  • Crime Scene Lab - Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
  • Fashion Discovery – Fashion Design
  • Sketch Up 3D Design – Architecture and Interior Design
  • Math Discovery Room – Mathematics
  • K9 Demonstration – Palatine Police Department
  • View the sun through solar telescopes – Astronomy
  • Coding Activity – Harper Mobile Unit
  • Virtual Reality - Palatine Library
  • Wicked Science - InZone
  • Recycle Relay - Sustainability Work Group
  • Engineering Building Challenge - Physical Science
  • Ozobot Bowling - Palatine Library
  • Micro-geology - Physical Science
  • Zoology Experience - Biology
  • Shrinky Dinks - Chemistry
  • Make Slime - Chemistry
  • Make your own Recycled Paper - Chemistry
  • Elephant's Toothpaste - Chemistry

Check out other activities with our various exhibitors including Sonography, International Studies, Geography, InZone, Adult Educational Development, Palatine Library, Arlington Heights Library, World Languages, Harper Admissions Outreach, Harper Promise Scholarship, the American Society of Safety Engineers and more.

  • All Expo activities are FREE of charge.
  • Students in grades 4-8 and their families (including parents, grandparents, younger and older siblings) are invited.
  • Free refreshments are available while supplies last.
  • Subway will be open in the Z concourse (first floor).
  • Expo activities will be videotaped and photographed.