Following are some updates on recent and upcoming events:


Sisters4Science In the New Year 

As of this week Sisters4Science is back and going strong in 2013! Middle-school girls in three Chicago public schools can look forward an exciting semester filled with scientific experiments, guest scientists, and lots and lots of discovery. “I am soooo excited to get started and meet these awesome girls,” says new program manager Natasha Smith-Walker. Good luck to Natasha and all of the intrepid Sisters!


City of Chicago CTO John Tolva, with with Jessica Donner from the Collaborative for Building After School Systems and PE alum Michael Ramirez. Photo by David Schalliol



The State of STEM in Out-of-School Time in Chicago

On Monday, December 17, Project Exploration cohosted The State of STEM in Out-of-School Time in Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology. As the culmination of a yearlong community-based project by the STEM Pathways Cooperative to survey out-of-school time science opportunities for Chicago’s youth, the daylong conference convened over 200 of Chicago’s top STEM‐education stakeholders and practitioners. The conference included a preview of the preliminary findings collected in the survey, a panel discussion with Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer John Tolva, and working groups on a variety of topics. Special thanks to conference sponsors Chicago Hive Learning Network, After School Matters, Motorola Mobility Foundation, and host IIT. 

Read about the conference and keep up to date with this ongoing work on the STEM Pathways Cooperative website.

Winter Science Exploration – Extreme Mammal Edition 

Getting ready to meet some Extreme Mammals

On January 5, the Field Museum’s current exhibit, Extreme Mammals, played host to the annual Winter Science Exploration. Over forty students, alumni, and family got together for an indepth look at these odd animals with evolutionary biologist Christopher Schell, showing off their newfound knowledge to a panel of judges in American Idol: Extreme Mammal Edition.

Learn more from student Evan on the blog



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