STEM Facilitators

STEM Facilitators are currently studying, or recently graduated from, a STEM discipline in college. Our facilitators are responsible for setting expectations and creating an effective learning environment. They recruit and sustain relationships with students. Their primary function revolves around finding ways to help students connect experiences in their lives to big ideas in science. PE STEM facilitators are familiar with big ideas and current topics in their various fields.

 

STEM Facilitators Make a Difference

Common Goals

STEM Facilitators work towards common goals in their relationships with students

  • Having high expectations for thoughtful work;
  • Teaching explicitly and intentionally;
  • Supporting students as whole beings, not just “students of science programs;

Student Centered

STEM Facilitators develop an environment that places students in the center of their learning by asking questions.

  • How do we ready you to get the most out of each opportunity?
  • Where are opportunities for you to lead, run, and direct what is happening in the programs?
  • What messages am I sending that might not be intentional?
  • Are these the messages I actually want to send?
  • What is it I believe is worth knowing and experiencing?
  • How can facilitators create a learning environment in which these things are most likely to happen?”

Authentic Experiences

STEM Facilitators and STEM Mentors bring real experiences and connect with students.

  • Work is authentic and meaningful
  • Career exploration
  • Real STEM related activities
  • STEM knowledge and skill development

STEM FACILITATORS

Uzziel Fernandez
EXPLORE ENGINEERING

A junior at the Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, chose this field because he loves STEM and loves building things, from Legos to puzzle pieces, to model roller coasters. Wants to specialize in transportation, the design of highway systems, railroads, airports etc.

Torri Hampton
SCIENCE GIANTS

Earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Business Management, from Alcorn State University in 2015 and a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics, from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2017. Is passionate about inspiring youth to dream, create and build more in and outside of the classroom.

Sandra Munoz
SISTERS4SCIENCE

Earned an associates degree in Pre-Med, from Prairie State College and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences,  from University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), 2016. Currently work at the African-American Cultural Center at UIC as their Programming Assistant

Kyle Reid
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVENTURERS, SCIENCE DIGEST, STEM LEARNING CENTER

Earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at The University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a Masters or Phd program in with an interest in bats. Has spent his college career completing research projects at The Field Museum in Chicago, La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica, and the Texas Tech Campus in Junction, Texas.

Jasmine Tatum
FORENSIC INVESTIGATORS, SISTERS4SCIENCE

Attended Western Illinois University and studied Law Enforcement and Forensic Chemistry

Adrian Villareal
BROTHERS4SCIENCE

Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience to help Chicago youth engage in STEM related activities and develop a love for STEM education.

Tarana Wroten
SISTERS4SCIENCE

A Grambling State University graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is currently obtaining her Masters of Arts in Teaching Biological Science 5th-12th grade.

Annie Yung
SISTERS4SCIENCE

Graduate of North Park University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, and pursuing medical school to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  For the past 2 years, has been gaining clinical experience as a Scribe in an ER at a pain clinic.

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