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.
Dimensions, a print magazine published by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), featured Science Club in the publication's special edition focused on inspiring growth through mentorship.
Science Club – Science in Society’s mentor-based afterschool science program for middle schoolers – is designed to connect in-school and out-of-school learning for underserved youth in Chicago and Evanston.
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.
Northwestern's Science in Society and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC) welcomed community members and donors to the official grand opening of a new laboratory on Tuesday, April 11. The custom-built lab will be home to Science Club at the True Value BGCC in Little Village, a neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Science Club expanded to True Value BGCC in Winter 2016, following eight successful years at the program’s flagship site, Pederson-McCormick BGCC.
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.
We're currently recruiting two new team members! We're looking for an experience science education/informal learning professional to lead our growing Science Club programs and an editorial assistant to support our center through marketing and communications.
One of the hallmarks of Science in Society's approach to mission-driven community engagement is committing to the long-term. Rome wasn't built in a day and we believe supporting, encouraging, and inspiring science learners (or learners of any other subject for that matter!) isn't the work of a single afternoon or one-off event. It takes a community. It takes dedication and it takes time.