Project Exploration Collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory to Broaden Participation

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Chicago Public Schools, News, Out of school time, Project Exploration, Sisters4Science, STEM

Project Exploration Collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory to Broaden Participation

Project Exploration (PE) and Argonne National Laboratory work together and bring a new program to PE’s Sisters4Science (S4S) program. Kelly Sturner, Argonne’s Learning Lab Instructor brought Argonne’s CodeGIrls to middle school girls.


The CodeGirls seeks to immerse girls in computer science before they enter high school. “It’s a shorter version of the computer science coding programs we offer for older students,” said Learning Center Instructor Kelly Sturner.

CodeGirls brought together rising 7th and 8th grade girls to explore what it takes to think like an Argonne computer scientist — by programming robots! Participants also connect with other girls and solve fun challenges as a team. They also meet inspiring Argonne women scientists who are using code to solve the big challenges of our world, and learn about the awesome role women have played in developing technology throughout history. Within this camp, the girls develop problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Kelly had a great opportunity to bring this program to two of our Sisters4Science schools, by working with the girls for two program sessions each. CodeGirls was held at Carter G. Woodson and Orozco Community Academy. The girls at both schools really enjoyed the interactive activity and loved being exposed to a different aspect of STEM. Kelly also loved working with the girls, where this was her FIRST time bringing the program to schools in the Chicagoland area. Kelly really loved building relationship with the girls on a personal level and also came up with different approaches for the camp for future visits as well.

Skill Development

CodeGirls brought problem solving and teamwork skills to the girls, which also aligns with Project Exploration’s goal in being part of our Discover programs. Problem Solving and teamwork is important to use in everyday life and getting the access through STEM programs is also a great way to expand their knowledge on career possibilities and different ways in using these type of skills after high school and beyond.

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