80% of ChiS&E students pursue college majors in natural sciences, computer science, and engineering
It will be hosted by the Chicago Pre-College Program for Science and Engineering (ChiS&E). orientation and registration session this Saturday, September 17, at Kenwood Academy for its highly sought after free program offerings in math, science, engineering, computer programming, advanced robotics, chemistry and physics. The orientation will be held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at 5015 S. Blackstone in Chicago. The rigorous preparatory program is available to CPS students in grades K through 12 and includes internship opportunities at the University of Illinois Urbana and the University of Chicago.
The program, designed to prepare historically underrepresented African-American and Latino students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, began 12 years ago. In 2021, 80% of graduating high school seniors who participated in the program had a high school diploma in computer science, engineering, or science. The ChiS&E program aligns with the White House’s Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM, which emphasize the importance of “cultivating partnerships and collaborations, providing authentic and culturally relevant STEM engagement experiences for youth, and engaging effective mentors.” .
ChiS&E’s unique team-building approach encourages parent-teacher collaboration, with both students and parents participating in hands-on science and engineering activities. Grade level programs are specifically designed to promote math concepts as early as kindergarten. In addition, the program hosts sessions with STEM role models in a variety of fields, including scientists, mathematicians, college presidents and NASA engineers. The group’s partnerships extend to the Kellogg and Boeing foundations.
Over 90% of ChiS&E students surveyed said the program had a positive impact on their educational journey. And during their senior year of high school, last year’s seniors were enrolled in advanced math and science courses, with many in pre-med, calculus and AP calculus, and a large number in AP physics. The student’s college choices include HBCUs, public and private institutions, including ChiS&E’s partner institution, the University of Illinois.
“Our formula of rigorous instruction, outside enrichment programs, parent involvement, and mentorship from those who have succeeded in the field have been the foundation of our program’s success over the past 12 years,” says Kenneth Hill, CEO of ChiS&E. “There have been serious declines in overall educational achievement since the pandemic, and we want to ensure that students of color have every opportunity to excel in the math and science careers of the future.”
The mission of Chicago’s Pre-College Science and Engineering (ChiS&E) Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented African American and Latino students who are motivated and academically prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) . ChiS&E provides highly engaging, age-appropriate hands-on activities in science, mathematics, computer science and engineering and promotes careers in science and engineering. The program is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Colleges of Education and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Other partners include the LBJ STEM and Research Center at Texas State University, Riverbend Math Center (South Bend Indiana) and the University of Chicago School of Molecular Engineering. The program includes the following classes: Kindergarten-little construction engineer, first grade-little chemical engineer, second grade-little electrical engineer, third grade-little mechanical engineer, fourth grade-little designer, fifth grade-geometry, sixth grade-additional topics on geometry, seventh grade – physics and mathematics, eighth grade – computer science – matching program (MIT), ninth and tenth grades – calculus algebra topics, eleventh grade – physics, and eleventh and twelfth grades – bioengineering and mentoring topics. In addition to its Saturday programming, ChiS&E offers several summer programs. These include the following: a four-week summer program to become 6th 7th and 8th ranking at Langton Hughes Elementary School (Maths-Algebra, Engineering-Bots, Raspberry Pi-Computer Programming), two-week summer program for growing 9th and 10th folders in with a focus on engineering problem solving at the University of Illinois at Urbana and a two-week summer program at the University of Notre Dame that focuses on mathematics and engineering.
ChiS&E is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization.