Science Club opened its doors in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood for the first time in 2016. After many months of planning and development with our partners at the True Value Boys & Girls Club, sessions now run twice a week with more than 40 Science Club members taking part.
Since January, the True Value Science Club members have been meeting in the True Value auditorium. Now, with the help of the True Value club leadership, a former classroom space is being converted in Science Club HQ, with lab tables, cabinetry, sinks, as well as a suite of computers and new electrical work.
To accommodate this growing club and its enthusiastic members, “we’ll be working hard on installing a purpose-built laboratory over winter break,” said Ashley Jennings, Science Club Coordinator for the True Value site.
“Thanks to the Driskill Foundation, we’ll have a dedicated space at the True Value Boys & Girls Club to run our experiments and projects, and be a real home to our Science Club members each week“, Jennings said. “This new lab will help us generate even more excitement and momentum among the kids in Science Club. They are pretty jazzed about having an official space.”
Like the Science Club at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club before it, a dedicated space will provide a permanent home for Science Club at TrueValue. Access to authentic science equipment will also provide opportunities to expand science skill-base of our youth members.
This new lab is an important step as we grow our partnership with the True Value Club and expand Science Club to include even more Chicago kids. The new space is slated to be unveiled early in 2017.