About Us

Project Exploration

Dedicated to building high-quality STEM education programs through effective and collaborative partnerships.

 

 

Our History

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization that 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.

Founded in 1999 as a social justice response to the lack of diversity in STEM fields, Project Exploration serves middle and high-school youth from Chicago Public Schools in student centered, small group settings.

Project Exploration uses STEM education to address challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public and higher education and the professional STEM world.

Project Exploration makes STEM education accessible through:
Out-of-school time programs that empower and mentor underrepresented minority youth.
Community-building connections for schools, students and families through leadership in the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative.

OUR MISSION

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.

 

Programs Empower Students

Building self-confidence
Increasing leadership, teamwork and communication skills
Introduce the scientific and engineering design principles
Master science-rich content
Develop positive relationships due to active mentoring

Nationally Recognized Model for Change

As Project Exploration approaches it’s 20 year anniversary, we continue to value the following:

Expand programming opportunities to meet students’ interest.

Broaden the impact,  by reaching additional communities.

Provide additional STEM pathways, such as computer science, chemistry, medical sciences or environmental sciences.

Measure the long-term impact, through internal and external evaluation.

Support the work  of developing a STEM Learning Ecosystem for Chicago as the backbone organization for the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative.

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