Hands-on College and Career Expo to inspire kids

College and Career ExpoPut on your entrepreneur hat and pitch a business “Shark Tank” style. Have fun with physics while blowing up Peeps. Then make slime using principles of chemistry. Or try your hand at graphic arts and create your own print palette cookie.

These and dozens of other fun, educational and interactive demonstrations and activities will be available at this year’s College and Career Expo, put on by Harper College to inspire area students and their parents to prepare earlier for higher education.

The sixth annual event, free to students in grades 4 to 8 and their families, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Harper College’s Avanté Center (Buildings X, Y and Z) and other locations on campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

“We want kids to explore a wide variety of career options that are available to them and see the role education plays in preparing for those careers,” Community Relations Manager Amie Granger said. “They’ll have a lot of fun along the way and become inspired while they’re learning.”

About 1College and Career Expo,000 people attended last year’s expo. Refreshments will be available in the morning and Subway will be open for business.

Careers and education in fields such as science, health care, graphic arts, fashion, public safety, manufacturing, astronomy, engineering, world languages and fine arts will be showcased by Harper faculty and professionals from local companies and organizations. Other scheduled activities include a tour of Harper's Simulation Hospital, app building with High School District 214 and a demonstration of Palatine Police Department’s K-9 unit.

For more information, visit harpercollege.edu and search “Expo” or call 847.925.6741.

Watch a video of the Expo.

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159

Last Updated: 11/3/21