Science Club Summer Camp (SC2)

Teachers and Students Learning Together

Science Club Summer Camp is a three-week paid summer training and practicum program designed to help CPS third grade teachers meaningfully integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their own classrooms.

Support and training includes:

  • Exploring what NGSS means for the classroom
  • Learning from expert elementary science and engineering teachers
  • A two-week practicum at the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago to practice new skills
  • A professional learning community with support throughout the school year

Additionally, kids enrolled in the Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp gain additional opportunities to play with science and get mentorship from caring professionals.

Science Club Summer Camp is open to 3rd-grade Chicago Public School teachers who work in a school that serves a population with at least 60% free/reduced price lunch. Read about one teacher's SC2 experience here

“SC2 provides teachers with a NGSS aligned curriculum, which has been developed and reviewed by CPS students and teachers. The instructors are amazingly supportive and knowledgeable, and the program reminded me the NGSS is student driven.” – Kim Bendig, 3rd-grade teacher at McCutcheon School

Science Club Summer Camp takes place at Northwestern University's Chicago campus, as well as at Boys & Girls Clubs across Chicago.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) introduced a new approach to classroom STEM education- focused on student-driven learning, hands-on investigations, and evidence-based communication. These standards give students a chance to think like scientists and engineers. They do, however, require a radical shift in classroom teaching. Many public school teachers do not feel prepared to bring the NGSS and this new approach to science teaching into their classroom. Science Club Summer Camp is the result of a close collaboration between CPS, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and Northwestern University.


  • Teachers, scientists, and master teachers meet throughout the year to prepare for curriculum implementation, review successes and challenges in the classroom, and support one another.
  • Teachers receive free curriculum kits to implement the module they practiced at SC2.


  • SC2 was awarded a Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) grant from the National Institutes of Health


Chambers Hall, 600 Foster Street
60208 Evanston , IL
Phone: 847-467-3297

Get Involved!

Teacher applications for Science Club Summer Camp open in the winter. Learn more about eligibility and requirements on the SC2 website. Questions? Contact Senior Program Coordinator Emily Mathews at

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