Project Exploration

Changing the Face of Science

Project Exploration has been at the forefront of impacting under-served communities and youth by delivering STEM education programs and influencing a citywide conversation that aims to combat STEM deserts through partnership development. At the core of PE’s mission we see STEM education as an imperative and social justice issue.

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Project Exploration strives to ensure every Chicago student becomes STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) literate, promotes a diversified STEM workforce in Chicago and works to mitigate the poverty that pervades Chicago’s STEM deserts.

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Project Exploration aims to increase traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM careers while integrating STEM learning and experiences into everyday life.

Latest News

Gearing up for Women’s History Month!

Project Exploration is preparing for two events that will bring girls from all across the City to participate in a week-long STEM Spring Break Camp and a day long conference, Girls’ Health and Science Day!

Local STEM Learning Hub on the West Side of Chicago!

On January 22nd Project Exploration hosted a community open house event called, ‘Celebrating a New Year in STEM Learning’. As the title suggests, the objective of this event was to celebrate the opening and future potential of the West Side STEM Learning Center as well as highlight the incredible work already taking place in Austin. Community stakeholders, students, and parents alike explored six different classrooms and a hallway full of engaging STEM activities. Over 50 guests registered for the event and attendees were able to participate in various activities, from creating paper rockets to touching real local specimens to creating musical instruments.

STEM Mentors Matter!

Project Exploration has a history of bringing scientists and students together to investigate real science and build meaningful relationships. This model has a positive impact for everyone involved, including practicing scientists, whom we know are often looking for ways to share their expertise and passion for the sciences with young people.

Special Events

March 20, 2018

Project Exploration Meet and Greet

Interested in getting involved with PE and help lead student activities? Consider learning more about becoming a PE Junior Board Member!

May 10, 2018

Student Reflection of Knowledge

Join Project Exploration celebrate our students as they present what they have learned over the year.

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