After seven successful years at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, Science Club will be expanding to a second site. The True Value Boys & Girls Club, located in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, will host two weekly sessions of Science Club starting in January 2016. At the new site, approximately 40 youth will explore science and engineering challenges with 20 university scientist mentors. The Science Club expansion has been funded by a $75,000 grant from the American Honda Foundation.
Science Club is an afterschool mentoring program for middle school students (grades 5-8). Started in 2008, Science Club brings Chicago youth together with Northwestern University scientist mentors to work in small groups through challenging, hands-on science investigations. Science Club's first started at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club in the Uptown neighborhood.