Project Exploration

Paving the Way for the Next Generation of STEM Trailblazers

 

Project Exploration (PE) has worked tirelessly for 23 years to change the face of STEM by dismantling the barriers that prevent underrepresented students from experiencing the wonder and discovery in STEM. STEM education is an imperative social justice issue, and our mission is to right this injustice.

 

As the pandemic turned our world upside down, PE was completing a two-year study, systematically assessing the perspectives of students, parents, educators, and other community stakeholders regarding the impediments and challenges that kids experience in engaging in STEM education. From those conversations, three community-defined barriers and subsequent priorities emerged, which have laid the foundation for an ambitious 10 year vision and PE’s next decade of impact.

 

We are endlessly grateful for the trust of parents and students who participate in PE’s free, high-quality STEM programs and for the generous support of partners and donors who make this work possible. We are paving the way so the next generation of STEM trailblazers may reach their full potential, but as we embark on our most ambitious vision yet, this support is more vital than ever.

 

We challenge you to learn more about our 10-year plan

and join PE’s family of visionaries today!

Mission

Project Exploration creates transformative learning experiences, pathways, and a community for youth underrepresented in STEM, especially low-income students, students of color and young women, allowing them to explore STEM careers and equip them with the necessary skills, practices, and mindset needed for lifelong learning.

2020 Impacts

Number of Programs

STEMkits Distributed for Virtual Programs

Students Served

Virtual Summer of STEAM Camp Participants

Percent More Students Served Since 2019

STEM-related Field Trips and Program Events

Partners

2020 Highlights

Latest News

Calling All STEM Professionals: New Volunteer Opportunities with PE Students

Multiple volunteer opportunities have emerged with Project Exploration (PE) as we enter our 23rd year of creating transformative learning experiences for youth underrepresented in STEM, and we hope you will join us to support Chicago students and families.   In...

Chicago Learning Days 2022

Chicago Learning Days was a blast! Huge thanks to our community and STEM partners who helped make it a success! Project Exploration believes that it's important to engage with students of all ages to provide holistic learning opportunities and resources that allow...

The WOW Moments Made Me Stay

Seeing young women enthusiastically create, inquire, struggle, and persevere alongside strong female mentors is inspiring. Such was the backdrop when Natasha Smith Walker joined PE’s team as Executive Director in 2013. She met one of PE’s STEM Facilitators, Nedume, a...

Parent Testimonials

Parent Testimonials

Parent Testimonials

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!!!

Help our Youth Take Flight

We believe that STEM has the power to:

To steer youth from violence.
To break the cycle of poverty.
To make bright futures possible.

And you can help!

Invest in Chicago's Young PeopleGet Involved

Help our Youth Take Flight

We believe that STEM has the power to:

To steer youth from violence.
To break the cycle of poverty.
To make bright futures possible.

And you can help!

Invest in Chicago's Young PeopleGet Involved

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