Building and Diversifying Engineering Pathways

September 1st, 2020 - August 31st, 2023 | PROJECT

The Adler Planetarium will expand access to STEM programs for African American and Latinx Chicago teens through a progressive series of entry-point, introductory, intermediate, and advanced level programs. Students in grades 7–12 will be invited to join teams of scientists, engineers, and educators to undertake authentic scientific research and solve real engineering challenges. In collaboration with schools and community-based organizations, Adler will develop and implement new participant recruitment and retention strategies to reach teens in specific neighborhoods. The initiative will help address the underrepresentation of Latinx and African Americans in engineering.

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Team Members

Kelly Borden, Principal Investigator, Adler Planetarium


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245279-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $248,825


Access and Inclusion: Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Engineering | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs