Clubs aim to increase interest in science in underserved neighborhoods by engaging students in places where they already spend their time after school, such as community-based organizations, libraries and schools.
Partner organizations receive curriculum, materials and training to implement their own after-school science club. Students can engage in fun, hands-on science activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork. Topics range across all aspects of science and engineering and support learning that happens during the school day. While the curriculum is best suited for grades 3 through 5, the materials are written to be flexible, and educators are welcome to adjust activities to suit the needs of their students and organization.
We offer two training sessions each year, in fall and spring. Participants receive:
- Curriculum for at least 10 hours of instructional time.
- All materials to do the science activities with 25 students.
- A field trip for students and their families to visit MSI on a Family Day, with one free bus per science club.
- Professional development hours if applicable (ISBE credit hours in Illinois, CEUs in Indiana).
The Science Minors Club network reaches throughout Chicago, its suburbs, and northwest Indiana and has the capacity to serve upwards of 9,500 youth each year.