For the second time, Science in Society was awarded a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award will be used to launch Science Club Summer Camp, a practicum-based professional development program for Chicago Public School elementary teachers.
Launching in Summer 2016, Science Club Summer Camp will provide 16 CPS teachers annually with professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers will spend one week on the Northwestern University campus learning about the nature of science and the new science standards. Then, unique to this program, spend two weeks practicing teaching and implementing NGSS curriculum with youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago summer camp. Teachers will also receive ongoing support from CPS master teachers and Northwestern scientists. In total, teachers gain 60 hours of additional professional development.
Science Club Summer Camp builds off of the success of the Science Club program, which received initial funding from the NIH SEPA in October 2009. In collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools, Science Club promotes hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education for underserved middle school youth and long-term youth mentoring by Northwestern scientist volunteers.