The Detective’s Assistant: The Encore STEM Read Experience with Special Guests Kate Hannigan and Abraham Lincoln

The Detective's Assistant Cover

Registrants who wish to pay by credit card please fill out the registration form and call NIU Accounting at 815.753.0277 to process your payment.

When: 9 AM to 2 PM on Monday, May 4
Where: Northern Illinois University – Holmes Student Center Ballroom, DeKalb, IL
Who: Students in Grades 4 through 8
Cost: $18 per student (Includes admission, supplies, and a copy of the novel)

Junior Detectives, solve the case and save President Lincoln!

At this special encore presentation of the STEM Read experience, students read Kate Hannigan’s historical novel, The Detective’s Assistant, and then joined experts to participate in a series of STEM challenges and puzzles based on the book. Students will act as junior Pinkerton Detectives and learn about everything from American history to espionage to computational thinking as they unravel the mystery of the Baltimore Plot against Abraham Lincoln.

In this live-action game, students worked in groups to solve STEAM-based challenges that explore–

  • History
  • Codes and Ciphers
  • Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Psychology and Memory
  • Espionage
  • And More!

Students will also get a chance to meet author Kate Hannigan and Abraham Lincoln himself!

About The Detective’s Assistant

Based on the extraordinary true story of America’s first female detective, Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure is full of feats of daring and danger, bold action, and newfound courage.

When orphaned eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives in Chicago, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is a detective working for the famous Pinkerton’s National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and Nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, wearing disguises, and spying on nefarious criminals. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared?

About Registration

The cost for this event is $18 per student. This cost includes admission, supplies, and a copy of the novel The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan. LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED. Students should bring sack lunches and peanut-free snacks. The event is open to individuals and school groups. Note that tickets are transferable, but not refundable. You can purchase additional tickets until one month prior to the event. When you register, a STEM Read associate will contact you to confirm invoicing information and details.

Registrants who wish to pay by credit card please fill out the registration form and call NIU Accounting at 815.753.0277 to process your payment.