HOW IT WORKS
Science Club meets once a week after school, all year long. Kids and scientists work together on science challenges and experiments. Groups are small so everyone gets a chance to be hands-on.
Beyond our weekly meetings, we have regular field trips and special activities, including CPS Science Fair support and visits to Northwestern’s research labs on campus.
Science Club is more than just our weekly meet-ups, too. After 8th grade, many Science Club graduates work as junior mentors and docents, and everyone attends our annual alumni BBQs to catch-up during high school, college and beyond.
Science Club is also a research project. It’s run by Science in Society, a center at Northwestern University dedicated to science education. We work hard to make sure our programs are making a measurable impact for both mentors and youth — and share our findings with our wider community.
SCIENCE CLUB CURRICULUM
Our specially-designed Science Club curriculum focuses on hands-on learning challenges. Each unit is made up of 6-10 weekly lessons, full of activities and experiments which build to a culminating challenge. We’ve made our specially-designed Science Club curriculum units free to download. That way, even if you live far away, schools, clubs and afterschool programs (and eager youth and families!) can have fun with science, too.