Project Exploration

Helps Students Soar

Discover your spark where pioneers have revolutionized the field for 25 years. We shatter barriers and defy stereotypes, providing opportunities for underrepresented students to explore, pursue, and excel in STEM. Together, let’s change the face of science and empower the next generation of innovators.


Direct Service Programs

Our Youth Science Pathways Programs leverage a personalized curriculum to provide students exposure to free, high-quality STEM experiences.

Two Baby Chicks!

STEM Ecosystem

The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative unites stakeholders to address STEM education and career barriers through collaborative programs.

2023 Impacts

Partner Sites

More likely that PE students will enroll in a four-year college than their peers

Students Served in Direct-Service Programs

STEM Co-op Member Organizations, Including Museums, Colleges, Public Entities, and more

Young Adult Stem Program Facilitators Deployed Annually to lead School Break Opportunities

More Students Served since Pre-Pandemic

Who We Are

Our mission is to create transformative learning experiences, pathways, and a community for underrepresented youth in STEM, especially low-income students, students of color, and young women. By exploring STEM careers, we equip them with the necessary skills, practices, and mindset for lifelong learning.

Where We Are

Our direct-service community foci are on the South and West sides of Chicago, including the Austin, Bronzeville, Kenwood, East Garfield Park, Gage Park, Douglas, Lower West Side, Near West Side, and Back of the Yards community areas.

Our Partners

These organizations partner with Project Exploration to create opportunities for underserved students, students of color, and young women in STEM fields. Their contributions ensure the success of PE programs and inspire aspiring innovators.

Our son was starting to get bored in school. We are so grateful for PE – your programs are the only thing that’s challenging him right now.

– The Jones Family

My child is zoomed out – getting her interested in learning right now is a challenge. But not when she gets her STEMkit – she was so excited, she worked through 5 activities the first day we got it!

– Ms. Taylor, PE Parent

“It’s all she wanted for Christmas – robots and coding games. I’m going to need help with gift ideas now that PE turned her onto coding!”

– Ms. Wiggins, PE Parent

The Austin Experience:

Summer 2023 recap


Upcoming Events

May 10, 2018

Project Exploration Meet and Greet

Interested in getting involved with PE and help lead student activities? Attend the Project Exploration Junior Board On-boarding meeting!

Eventbrite - Project Exploration Junior Board On-boarding Meeting

JUNE 4, 2018

Project Exploration Summer Kick-off at Lagunitas!

Join Project Exploration for a night of fun, laughs, door prize drawings, and enjoy a locally brewed beer while supporting STEM education!


Eventbrite - Project Exploration's Lagunitas Summer Kick-off!!!

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