Youth-Science Pathway Programs

Youth-Science Pathway programs leverage out-of-school time to provide access to STEM education for students who may not be engaged by traditional schooling. Our program goals are to increase integrative STEM out-of-school time learning experiences.

Youth-Science Pathway Programs

Project Exploration programs aim to foster a lifelong relationship with science, technology, engineering and math by providing students with a dynamic set of experiences through Youth-Science Pathways. Organized around three phases of scientific inquiry (Discover, Explore, and Pursue), Youth-Science Pathways is a set of fluid, non-linear programs that reflect students’ emerging skills, curiosity, and ambition; and encourages them to take ownership of their learning, become active members of the scientific community, and invest in a lifelong practice of inquiry.

Discover Programs

  • Introduce students to a broad range of scientific disciplines and topics
  • Enable students to develop and practice the basic principles of science and scientific inquiry
  • Build student confidence and lay the foundation for long-term relationships among students and STEM Mentors

Explore Programs

  • Focus more specifically on discrete disciplines and inquiry methods
  • Expand critical thinking, collaboration, public speaking, and investigative approaches
  • Empower students to articulate their interests and create their personal science identities

Pursue Programs

  • Equip students with skills and experiences to pursue science in higher education and the workforce
  • Build advanced scientific proficiencies as well as leadership and decision-making skills
  • Allow students to develop highly personal, one-on-one working relationships with scientists

Discover Programs

Sisters4Science

Sisters4Science is a program for girls led by female facilitators who emphasize leadership development through scientific exploration. Designed to get girls interested in science, keep girls interested in science, and equip girls with skills and experiences that enable them to pursue science, Sisters4Science creates a science-rich learning environment that puts girls at the center.

 Brothers4Science

Brothers4Science is a program for middle school urban boys in areas with a lack of STEM education and enrichment. Designed to get boys interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); keep boys interested in STEM, and equip boys with skills and experiences that enable them to pursue STEM. Brothers4Science is intended to help boys develop self-esteem about their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and decisions, expose them to a wide variety of roles played by men in science.

Science Digest

Series of one day programs that give students a chance to meet scientists from a broad range of scientific disciplines and occupations, learning not only about what they do, but how they learned to do it.   This informal and intimate program encourages students to “try on” different scientific disciplines and evaluate their interest.

Explore Programs

Environmental Adventurers

Environmental Adventurers is aimed at engaging diverse, urban youth in the environmental sciences, biology, anatomy, and zoology subjects to develop skills in research in a meaningful and hands-on way.  

Explore Engineering

Explore Engineering uses the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge curriculum, a rigorous automotive engineering curriculum to teach teens engineering concepts employed in car racing, and build their own model race car that will be entered into a nationwide engineering competition.

Forensic Investigators

Forensic Investigators a popular and rigorous program that teens gain hands-on experience in a variety of subdisciplines, including latent fingerprints, firearms and tread wear, biology/DNA, microscopy, and drug chemistry.

Sports Science

Sports Science works with teens to study how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sports and physical activity promote health and performance.

Pursue Programs

Science Giants

Science Giants is designed to give teens an introduction to the basic principles of small acreage food production, including: soil science, water resources, plant production, business management and leadership skill. Science Giants works with teens to develop skills in presentation, facilitation and interpretation of various science disciplines with a focus on Urban Agriculture, Ecology and Nutrition. Students will work with a local restaurant to develop a strategy for renovating a community garden.

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