“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney
Three Cheers for 20 Years!
Project Exploration has built bridges to connect Chicago youth to the wonders of science for the past 20 years and we couldn’t have done it without you! Throughout that time, we have had many challenges and plenty of growth! Our cornerstone program, Sisters4Science continues to flourish, while Brothers4Science is growing. Our students continue to be engaged in areas like forensic sciences, environmental sciences, and engineering. In addition, we are developing new and innovative programs that expose students from various underserved communities to STEM topics and careers for the future. Such access is critical to broadening youth interest and awareness of the wide variety of STEM-related fields and careers available to them.
West Side STEM Learning Center Opens
We are thrilled to announce the opening of the West Side STEM Learning Center (SLC), located at 5044 West Harrison Street, in the Austin community on Chicago’s west side. So far, we have hosted after-school programs, a spring break coding camp, and a summer-long science camp. And we aren’t stopping there! This upcoming year we will more than double the number of opportunities for students to discover, explore and pursue STEM.
The vision for the seven-classroom space is to house creative STEM learning activities for students from nearby Chicago schools from 8AM – 6PM daily. The SLC will also offer professional development opportunities for teachers, jobs for teens, and events for parents and community members. Students have access to numerous labs created with support from Northwestern University, Apple, Chicago Architecture Center, and LEGO Education. The SLC envisions catalyzing and modeling excellence in STEM education, linking and leveraging existing STEM learning initiatives, providing a community-based hub of STEM programming, and strengthening the community’s reputation as a place of quality STEM education and innovation.
What is coming this spring?
Celebrate two decades of successful STEM education at its 20th Anniversary Building Bridges event, May 4th, 2019 at the Columbus Park Refectory. Highlights of the evening reception are student and adult bridge building competitions, opportunities to meet and greet the local STEM community and a cocktail reception. Stay tuned for more information!
Interested in participating in the Building Bridges event?
Contact Sarah Houberg, Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Exploration cannot wait to see what else this exciting year has in store!