Oak Brook, IL – The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be representing the DuPage County tourism industry at the U.S. Travel Association’s Annual International Pow Wow (IPW) conference and will be introducing its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Discovery Tours. The tours, developed in partnership with The Center for Gifted/Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, were created with courses specifically designed to meet the unique educational needs of advanced learners within the “laboratory” of America’s Heartland.
The goal of the tours is to help develop future generations of scientists and engineers through an exploration of world-class facilities and knowledge. The participants will be able to experience cutting edge advances in American technology within the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor with courses available in kinetic energy and electronics lab, chemical cacophony, genetics, advanced mathematics, economics, engineering, forensic science, web design, creative writing, performing arts, and more.
One to three week sessions can be customized to meet the needs of the students and interests including:
- Tour of top scientific destinations such as Argonne National Laboratories and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Experiences in American history at the First Division War Museum at Cantigny and Naper Settlement Outdoor Living History Museum
- Exploration of American architecture through the eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and others
- Concluding the tours with a customized Chicago experience
About DuPage County
DuPage County is the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east. Together, the two counties account for half of the state’s population. One of the nation’s wealthiest counties, DuPage is rich in many types of commerce and is second only to Cook in tourism revenue. With its well-developed highway and mass transit system, DuPage County is easily accessible from O’Hare and Midway Airports, as well as the City of Chicago.
About DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau was established through the efforts of a coalition of
DuPage area hotel executives and business representatives in 1987, and was formally certified in 1989 by the State of Illinois. It remains the official agency for promoting the county’s multibillion dollar tourism industry and market DuPage County as an enticing destination for leisure and business travelers, meeting planners, groups and conventions, in order to enhance the economic development of the area.
About The Center for Gifted/Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity
Founded in 1983, The Center for the Gifted offers programs, workshops, research, individual conferences and other services to children, parents, teachers and community reflecting creativity and academic rigor. With a variety of offerings throughout the year, the Center's focus is to challenge students to think more openly, perceptively, and with greater depth. The Center utilizes creative materials, activities, and strategies expressing critical and creative thinking to advance the intellectual, artistic, and ethical growth of participants.
Since 2013, it has been the privilege of The Center for Gifted to serve as the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. The Center subscribes to creativity as the highest form of mental functioning, a framework initiated by Paul Torrance, an international pioneer in education. His Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia is internationally known as a service, research and instructional center focused on creative potential. Our association with the Torrance Center in Georgia reflects that framework as an effective catalyst for the success and programs of every student who attends our programs and workshops.