On Tuesday, September 11th, the South Suburban STEAM Conference held a summit at the Homewood Science Center. This gathering brought together educators, business leaders, and community enthusiasts to celebrate and strengthen STEAM initiatives and workforce development for students in the culturally and economically diverse region of Chicago’s Southland.

Dr. Amy Pratt, Assistant Dean for Community Education Partnerships, Northwestern University, is a leader in Chicago’s STEM Co-op and was invited as the Keynote Speaker for the conference. She shared how to cultivate key partnerships and connect research to practice. According to research shared by CardeBrief in 2016, broadening participation is most effective by combining expertise through partnerships.

Project Exploration’s STEM Co-op Manager, Kelsey Galante, was invited as one of three ignite talk presenters. She had 10 slides and 20 seconds per slide to give a snapshot into what Project Exploration is all about, what they have upcoming this year, and how to get involved in programming and connect with the STEM Co-op

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