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Project Exploration (PE) is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization that 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. PE uses STEM education to address challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public and higher education and the professional STEM world. PE makes STEM education accessible through: - Out-of-school time programs that empower and mentor underrepresented minority youth. - Community-building connections for schools, students and families through leadership in the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (STEM Co-op).
Project Exploration (PE) is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization that was founded in 1999 as a social justice response to the lack of diversity in STEM fields, PE serves middle and high-school youth from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in student centered, small group settings. PE uses STEM education to address challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public and higher education and the professional STEM world.
PE’s innovative Youth-Science Pathway programs leverage out-of-school time (OST) to provide access to STEM education for students who may not be engaged by traditional schooling. Along with mastering content, learning science involves proficiency in the skills of scientific inquiry. Opportunities to discover something new, explore various aspects of it, and pursue a specific question are hallmarks of the inquiry process. The majority of PE’s programs are aimed at introducing students to science and sparking interest in different STEM topics. PE intentionally engages youth who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM education to build their competency.