Since 1999, Project Exploration has provided a variety of out-of-school-time programs in science, technology and engineering for underrepresented youth in grades 6-12.
The program’s skilled facilitators and professionals mentor and lead students in hands-on group activities, introducing them to topics that they find interesting and exciting.
This science-rich education addresses challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public education, higher education, and the professional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) environment.
OUR PROGRAMS EMPOWER STUDENTS
Building their self-confidence
Increasing their leadership, teamwork and communication skills
Introducing them to the principles of the scientific method
Mastering science-rich content
Developing positive relationships due to active mentoring
WE ARE A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MODEL FOR CHANGE
2015: Endorsed by Change the Equation as a STEMworks program
2015: Selected as a member of the National STEM Ecosystem Community of Practice as part of the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative Strategy
2014: Member of the Mayor Emanuel’s Citywide STEM Strategy to bring improved STEM education to Chicago; created a digital community to support this effort
2014: Developed a Youth-Science Matrix that served as the bedrock of a national “badging” STEM curriculum
2010: Named a national model by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
2009: Received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
OUR PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Expand programming opportunities in existing community areas to meet students’ interest.
Broaden the impact of the organization by reaching additional communities.
Provide additional STEM pathways, to STEM options such as computer science, chemistry, medical sciences or environmental sciences.
Measure the long-term impact of our programming through internal and external evaluation.
Identify additional programming opportunities for internships in a given STEM discipline.
Support the work of the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative by continuing our leadership role in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative.