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 creates transformative learning opportunities for youth underrepresented in the sciences — particularly students of color and girls — by equipping them with the skills, practices, and mindset needed for a lifelong pursuit of learning.

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

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Envisioning STEM Learning Opportunities for Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood

Project Exploration has cultivated deep relationships with key stakeholders in the Austin neighborhood in the effort to identify and close opportunity gaps in the STEM learning ecosystem for the community’s youth. As a result of these conversations, Project Exploration is leveraging available space at one of the local public schools to develop the West Side STEM Learning Center (SLC)

West Side STEM Learning Center has a new Facilitator and Program

“What stands out to me about Project Exploration is that they seek to take advantage of the demand for STEM educated professionals by providing STEM-related opportunities to underfunded and underserved communities in Chicago.” - Maximilian Esterhammer-Ficsettings West...

Project Exploration Wins 2018 STEM Coalition Challenge

Project Exploration was selected from 92 applications from 82 communities across 35 states, representing more than 1,800 nonprofits, companies, school districts, and local government partners. Project Exploration (PE) is honored to have been selected as a finalist in the US2020 Challenge.

Upcoming Events

May 10, 2018

Project Exploration Meet and Greet

Interested in getting involved with PE and help lead student activities? Attend the Project Exploration Junior Board On-boarding meeting!

Eventbrite - Project Exploration Junior Board On-boarding Meeting

JUNE 4, 2018

Project Exploration Summer Kick-off at Lagunitas!

Join Project Exploration for a night of fun, laughs, door prize drawings, and enjoy a locally brewed beer while supporting STEM education! 


Eventbrite - Project Exploration's Lagunitas Summer Kick-off!!!

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