About UsProject Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization that works to ensure communities traditionally overlooked by science—particularly minority youth and girls—have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists.
How We Got Started
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 seeks to expand access to science. Our youth programs impact the lives of hundreds of students each year by fostering a long-term involvement in science, and are supported by out of school time programs that provide a window into STEM education in action through hands-on activities and STEM Mentors. Project Exploration targets students who are open-minded and curious, regardless of academic or economic standing, and gives them the opportunity to explore a variety of STEM disciplines alongside STEM Mentors.
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.