STEM education

Science Club partnerships in the spotlight: published in STEM education journal

Science in Society has been published in a new journal dedicated to high-quality STEM education. Connected Science Learning is a joint initiative of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). The journal profiles programs which bridge in-school and out-of-school settings, particularly focusing on effective mechanisms for collaboration.

Northwestern labs show kids what it’s like to be a scientist

In a laboratory classroom deep within Northwestern’s Technological Institute, students take turns peering into microscopes, excitedly adjusting knobs and refocusing lenses to bring the cell samples into sharp relief. 

But these students aren’t Northwestern undergrads. They are members of Science Club, an afterschool science education program for middle school youth. These Science Club members, visiting from the new Family Focus site in Evanston, are on a field trip at Northwestern. 

We’re thrilled to welcome Lake View High School to our CPS STEM partnership!

Next school year, Science in Society will expand its partnerships with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to include Lake View High School, on the north side of Chicago.

This expansion is part of Northwestern University’s broad commitment to developing and supporting high-quality K-12 education in Chicago’s and Evanston’s underserved areas. Read more about the Northwestern University and CPS partnership in this press release.

National Academies appoint Science in Society Director Michael Kennedy to Teacher Advisory Council

Dr. Michael Kennedy, director of Science in Society and research professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University, was recently appointed to the Teacher Advisory Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The council was established in 2002 to bring the expertise of classroom teachers to the education and outreach work undertaken by the Academies.  

Take part in science education & outreach opportunities!

Graduate students and post docs (and even faculty and staff) can have the best intentions. We constantly meet motivated scholars looking to give back to the community but they’re not sure where to start.

Sound familiar?

If you’re interested in developing your science communication, teaching, leadership, or mentorship skills, stop by one of our drop-in info sessions to hear about projects with which you can get involved.

[Now Closed] District 65 STEM Education position now open for applications

Science in Society is currently recruiting a new team member to support and lead the growing K-8 STEM Education community in Evanston.

The District 65/Northwestern University Partnership Coordinator will serve as a liaison between NU and the Curriculum and Instruction Department in Evanston/Skokie School District 65. The Coordinator will develop and foster a network that connects Northwestern talent and resources with teachers and K-8 students in District 65.

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Science in Society has been publishing original articles, Q&As and blog posts by Northwestern faculty, students, staff and alumni in our online magazine since 2008.

Visit our online calendar to find science outreach events at Northwestern and in the Chicagoland area that are designed for the public.

From lectures to movie screenings to museum exhibits, science is happening near you. 

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