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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in school and non-school programs

 

ACE MENTOR PROGRAM - ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING
https://www.acementor.org/
ACE’s mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry. This is a good example of how industry can connect and mentor young people who might become future workers.

BACK OF THE YARDS COMMUNITY COUNCIL - BYNC COMPUTER LAB
https://bync.org/youth-services
From the web site: "The BYNC provides service-learning opportunities for area youth to develop valuable job readiness skills to prepare them for the workforce. In the BYNC computer lab, youth learn basic computer skills through a structured curriculum."

BLACK GIRLS CODE
http://www.blackgirlscode.com/about-us/
The mission of this San Francisco area organization is "To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology."

CHICAGO CENTER FOR ARTS & TECHNOLOGY (CHICAT)
https://chicat.org/
From the web site: "CHICAT offers life-changing after-school Arts & Technology education for students and innovative vocational training for adults. CHICAT is focused on the connection between art and technology, the power of connecting communities, and engaging and teaching in an inspirational and beautiful environment."

CHICAGO FUTURE CITY COMPETITIONS
https://futurecity.org/region/chicago-regional-links
From the web site: "The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February." This page points to web sites for Future City, National Engineer Week, and a variety of professional organizations that could be sources of STEM mentors for Chicago area tutor/mentor programs and schools.

CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FOR AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
https://www.chicagoagr.org/
From the web site: "The Chicago Board of  Education created the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in  July, 1984, and in September, 1985, we opened our doors as the newest  high school in the Chicago Public Schools, attracting students from all  parts of the city.  This school was established  at a time of great concern about the future of agricultural education  and the agricultural industry in general. There is a nationwide effort  underway to broaden the scope of teaching in and about agriculture  beginning at the kindergarten level and extending through adulthood. At  the high school level, there is strong interest in shifting the  curriculum toward agribusiness and plant and animal sciences. Too few  agricultural college graduates are available to fill the need for new  professionals in agricultural science and business.

CHICAGO MOBILE MAKERS – FOCUS ON DESIGN
https://www.chicagomobilemakers.org/about
From the website: “Chicago Mobile Makers creates programming that encourages Chicago youth to become advocates and change-makers in their own communities through design focused skill-building workshops that help train and support future public interest architects, designers and makers.“

CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S CONSERVATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
https://www.czs.org/CZS/scholars
From the web site: "The Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Scholars Program is an engaging way for teens to learn more about animals and conservation, network with others and make a difference in their communities while preparing for college and future careers."  Visit the site and learn how to apply.

CODE YOUR DREAMS - UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
https://www.codeyourdreams.org/unlock-potential-through-code
Code Your Dreams is a Chicago-based non-profit with a mission of "empowering youth to solve their community's problems through code".   View this introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty1sV55wdd0 

COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION (CHICAGO) - SUPPORTS YOUTH DIGITAL LEARNING
http://commonwlth.org/media/
The Commonwealth Foundation is one of the projects funded by the Chicago HIVE (now Chicago Learning Exchange) digital learning initiative.  It provides a variety of digital learning opportunities for Chicago youth. Browse the site to learn more.

DIGITAL YOUTH DIVAS ENGAGES CHICAGO MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS IN STEM
http://digitalyouthnetwork.org/divas/
From the web site: "Digital Youth Divas is an out-of-school program that engages middle school girls, especially those from non-dominant communities, in design-based engineering and computer science activities driven by a narrative story. The program supports girls to develop STEM identities by participating within face-to-face and online spaces to design, create, and re-imagine everyday artifacts (jewelry, hair accessories, music) and activities (dancing and talking to friends) using techniques including collaboration, critique, circuitry, coding, and fabrication."

DIGITAL YOUTH NETWORK - CHICAGO CITY OF LEARNING
http://www.digitalyouthnetwork.org/
DYN is a Chicago project that supports organizations, educators and researchers in learning best practices to help develop our youths’ technical, creative, and analytical skills.

FIRST ROBOTICS - MENTOR BASED STEM PROGRAMS
https://www.firstinspires.org/
From the web site: "The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."

GREEN YOUTH FARM PROGRAM OF CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
https://www.chicagobotanic.org/urbanagriculture/youthfarm
This is one of several programs that the Chicago Botanic Garden offers to encourage urban farming in Chicago. Browse the web site to learn about the Green Farm Program and the Urban Farm Program.

GRUB - GARDEN RAISED BOUNTY
https://www.goodgrub.org/
Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) in Olympia, WA has a powerful school-based program that works with disconnected, disengaged high school youth. Focuses on agriculture. Could be model for urban schools, neighborhoods.

HACK ILLINOIS - BUILDING HACKING CULTURE
https://hackillinois.org/
HackIllinois, is a) Encouraging students to explore their creativity; b) Empowering students to create meaningful additions to the field of technology; and c) Building a community of peers and mentors through events held at different locations in Illinois. Visit the web site to learn more.

HOPEWORKS ‘N CAMDEN - EDUCATION, TECH & LEARNING
https://hopeworks.org/
From the web site: "Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology and entrepreneurship to partner  with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future. Together we seize the opportunity to heal and thrive in the midst of violence and poverty."

LEARNING COMPUTER SCIENCE SKILLS - CODE WITH GOOGLE
https://edu.google.com/code-with-google/
From the website: "Code with Google helps to ensure that every student has access to the collaborative, coding, and technical skills that unlock opportunities in the classroom and beyond–no matter what their future goals may be."

LUMITY - FOCUSES ON TEENS, STEM CAREERS, MORE
https://lumity.org/
From the web site: "Lumity is committed to making an impact on the lives of teens and young adults by creating transformational experiences that not only prepare them for STEM careers, but for life. Lumity provides high schools in underserved communities with access to one-of-a-kind, student programming that focuses on essentials such as character building, critical thinking and teamwork, all of which serves as the foundation for success in life, no matter what career path a student chooses. Unlike other programs that take short-term approaches, Lumity’s four-year program supports students through each of their high school years. Our program aims to teach and strengthen students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team and effectively collaborate, develop stronger inter/intra personal skills and teach valuable presentation skills."

MASTER MIX ACADEMY - S.T.E.M. PROGRAM CALLED "DJ SCIENCE."
http://www.mastermixacademy.org/home.html
Master Mix Academy, based in Chicago, goes to a variety of educational facilities throughout Chicago to provide its dj science STEM workshops at there facility.

NORTH SOUTH FOUNDATION - SUPPORTS INDIAN YOUTH IN US AND INDIA
https://www.northsouth.org/public
From the web site:  "North South Foundation (NSF) is a volunteer driven non-profit organization established in 1989.  Our Mission is to:  a) Develop human resources by giving scholarships to brilliant but needy students in India entering colleges, regardless of religion, gender, caste or creed: b)  Promote excellence in human endeavor by organizing Educational Contests for the kids in USA; c)  Help people achieve success regardless of religion, gender, caste, geographic origin by giving hope to those who may have none"

NUBIAN MEDIA STEM PROGRAMS
http://www.nubianmedia.com/home.html
From the website: "Nubian Engineering STEM programs focus on Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) education and digital media. Our mission is to engage engineers, mentors and other educational resources to enhance students STEM exposure to make learning relevant and create new STEM career paths."  This program serves youth in Chicago South Suburbs, but the on-line version is open to youth throughout the Chicago region.

PROJECT EXPLORATION
https://projectexploration.org/
The material on this site will help: Reduce the distance between natural science and the public especially populations historically underrepresented in professional science... * Inspire and empower urban youth and girls through hands-on experiences with the wonder of paleontology and natural science... * Connect students, teachers and families with authentic science and working scientists.

PROJECT SYNCERE PROVIDES STEM PROGRAMMING TO YOUTH IN UNDER-SERVED CHICAGO COMMUNITIES.
https://projectsyncere.org/
From the web site: "Project SYNCERE works directly with school districts as well as local universities and community organizations to deliver its engineering focused programs.  Through our vast partnerships we are able to impact students during the school day and during out-of-school time.  Our innovative problem-based curriculum has been inspirational in changing the way science and math is taught in a number of schools.  Through our hands-on approach to educating students we have been able to create a spark for them and show them that science and math is fun, cool and rewarding.  The program has helped to raise students’ grades and increase their interest in the STEM fields."

WE ALL CODE - TEACHES TECH TO TEENS
https://www.weallcode.org/our-story/
From the web site: "We All Code exists because we believe every kid deserves to excel in one of the emerging fields of STEM, whether they choose to pursue more education or go straight into careers in computer science. Our mission is to inspire, support, and teach these skills to help them be successful."



GIRLS ON THE RUN - AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
https://www.girlsontherun.org/
From the web site: "Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development."

 
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