Inspiring Today's Students to Become Tomorrow's Scientists
The Center for the Advancement of Science Education was created to achieve the Museum's vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering.
The Center aims to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators with programs that empower teachers, engage the community and excite students. Our programs reach beyond the Museum's walls into schools and community organizations across the Chicago area. Program development is guided by some of the best minds in science education. We continually analyze and evaluate our work to ensure that we implement the best ideas.
Each spring, the Museum holds a special event to celebrate the achievements of the students, teachers and community organization staff who participate in the Center's programs. Eighteen graduating high school seniors in our Science Achievers program, nine teachers who have taken all our teacher courses and 12 long-term staff members in our after-school Science Minors Club network received special recognition. The Museum also presented its Leadership in Science Education Award to four Chicago schools that are transforming science education: Brenneman Elementary, McPherson Elementary, Portage Park Elementary and Zapata Academy.
The Center comprises the program areas described below.
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