We work in partnership to collectively addresses STEM education gaps for communities in need. Together, Science in Society (a center at Northwestern University), Chicago Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago –along with a growing network of community and educational partners — are working to engage students and teachers through long-term programs, bridging in-school and out-of-school learning.
The Science Club approach is based on dialogue and exchange. Our teachers, scientists, and afterschool specialists work together, sharing information and ideas to provide whole-child support for Science Club members. Each partner brings something unique to the relationship, and as a whole, we’re stronger than the sum of our parts.
For us, partnership and collaboration aren’t just buzz words. The Science Club approach — and both programs from which it stems — are founded on listening first. Asking how university partners and science professionals can help and support our communities, and finding adaptable, flexible and responsive solutions for the unique challenges ahead.
This is an outstanding program, no question about it. Science Club participants understand they really can achieve their dreams. Our children are getting the best level of science education at their ages anywhere.James KeanePresident and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 2008-2015
There are kids who don’t even have a home to go to, but they have this safe place to come once a week and learn all about high-level STEM from actual graduate students from Northwestern. There’s no other thing I’ve seen like it.Gerard KovachTeacher, Chicago Public Schools