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

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

Spearheaded by Project Exploration, a community-based alliance of youth development and STEM education professionals released the first comprehensive city-wide survey and analysis of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities in out-of-school time. It identified the breadth of programs and gaps in service, and recommended better citywide coordination and expanded outreach to underrepresented communities, especially […]

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Project Exploration In the New Year

Project Exploration 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.

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Students Lean In to Engineering with Mayor Emanuel and Facebook COO

Students Lean In to Engineering with Mayor Emanuel and Facebook COO

More than a dozen Project Exploration students showcased their engineering tech skills yesterday morning with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg during their spring break “Motorama” program. Highlights from that visit appeared on ABC’s 6pm News aand the Chicago Sun Times. Mayor Emanuel and Ms. Sandberg spent nearly an hour with the 15 […]

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A Message From New Board Chair Matthew Blakely

A Message From New Board Chair Matthew Blakely

Dear Friends, As the new chair of the board of directors, I am excited to update you on promising developments at Project Exploration. Over the past several months, the board and staff have been focused on mitigating the effects of a cash crisis that occurred in August of 2012, while ensuring that we continue to […]

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Welcome New Director of Programs, Natasha Smith-Walker

“The way Project Exploration combines youth development and science education is, bar none, the most exciting idea I’ve encountered in a long time,” Natasha says. “Now that I’ve lead some Sisters4Science sessions, it is so clear to me how important and powerful the relationships between the students and us adult role-models is. We’re really engaging them at their level, and that’s why these programs are so successful. I’m really looking forward to meeting more students and seeing this approach at work in different contexts.”

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