Scientists have volunteered their time since 2008
Kids have learned through Science Club
Additional hours of science learning for Science Club members
Since starting in 2008, Science Club has served approximately 300 Chicago middle school youth and has trained 125 scientist mentors. Science Club youth receive, on average, an additional 50 hours of hands-on STEM instructional time. They build problem solving and critical thinking skills by tackling open-ended, real-word challenges.
Mentors gain greater confidence in their ability to communicate and teach STEM topics. Through quarterly professional development sessions and orientations, the mentors expand their skill set and network with like-minded scientists and engineers.
All program participants work in small groups and many mentor-youth pairings persist over time. The average participation time for both kids and mentors is over 1.5 years, meaning relationships have the time and space to grow.
The effects of Science Club participation are profound. Youth and mentors alike emerge with new skills and greater confidence in their abilities. Many choose a new educational or career path because of Science Club.
We love having new members and new mentors join the Science Club family!
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH
Science Club is designed for youth in grades 5-8. Youth will be paired with a scientist mentor and a group of peers to take part in weekly activities, experiments, and sometimes field trips and special events!
Youth interested in joining Science Club should be curious about science and committed to attending the weekly after school sessions. Preference is given to youth from underrepresented backgrounds.
Interested in joining? Talk to staff at one of the Science Club locations:
McGAW YMCA METAMEDIA
PEDERSEN-McCORMICK BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
TRUE VALUE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Mentors work with small groups of middle schoolers. Groups meet weekly for hands-on lab activities which encourage scientific thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and safety.
One of the most important things about Science Club is the opportunity to build real, strong relationships between mentors and kids, not only boosting their science skills, but instilling confidence through encouragement and regular support.
Each new mentor receives an in-depth small group training session and is paired with a more senior mentor for the first quarter. Many mentors report that the Science Club experience helps reinvigorate their excitement about science and its broad relevance to society, and some have gone on to science education and science advocacy careers based on their experience.
Questions? Contact Science Club staff at Northwestern University:
I always kind of knocked myself down when I didn’t do good. But Science Club allowed me to understand that there are times where errors are made….And all you have to do is reprogram yourself …What do we have to do in the experiment so that we get the results that we are looking for? And I took that mentality and that idea out of Science Club and put that into my life.Science Club Member
Because of Science Club, I now understand the importance of outreach as a way of building trust between scientists and the communities they serve.Leidamarie Tirado-Lee