Fall 2018 – 497-302: STEM Project Collaborations with Chicago Museums & Non-Profit Organizations

Meeting Day/Time:
Tuesdays from 1:50 to 4:30 pm
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Twisha Shah-Brandenburg (shah.twisha@gmail.com), Thomas Brandenburg and Matt Robison (Undergraduate Education)
Appropriate Majors
Social Innovation

STEM Education is at the forefront of thinking by the public, academic institutions, workplace organizations and government bodies. With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and a push to inspire K-12 student interest in STEM careers, organizations view this as an opportunity to incorporate STEM outreach into their missions. With the help of Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Innovation Generation Grant Partners and others, students joining this IPRO cluster have the opportunity to collaborate with these organizations to research, design and prototype innovative concepts that can to meet each organization’s unique STEM mission for high school students and others.

As members of discrete IPRO teams within this cluster, students will learn and apply a variety of tools for information gathering, data evaluation, ideation, implementation and testing. Students will develop an appreciation for the multiple moving parts in a client-based project through engagement with a community partner organization that has a STEM-based mission. This course is relevant for those (1) who are interested in STEM outreach, (2) interested in learning how to manage client relationships, and (3) whose careers will involve direct interaction with clients and community partners.

Each semester brings a new set of projects. Previous projects and activities in this cluster have included:

  1. The Field Museum (developing interactive solutions to entice young visitors and families to the museum, expose them to the world of STEM in the context of the natural world, and create memorable experiences while they are guests)
  2. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (developing teaching modules for Journey World; developing STEM-in-a-Box Activities for Young Scouts);
  3. Shedd Aquarium (developing teaching modules on ecological separation; designing teaching modules on aquatic microbiomes);
  4. Erikson Institute (developing K-3 teaching modules on human-made world);
  5. Adler Planetarium (creating and prototyping concepts for a meteor strike exhibit; ideating STEM activities for millennial visitors);
  6. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (enhancing and teaching field data collection for high school students); and
  7. Southland Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (developing workshops to incorporate maker labs into the K-12 curriculum).
  8. Chicago Public Library & The 606 (developing STEM activity kits for after school YOUmedia teen programs)
  9. Von Steuben High School (developing concepts for an Opt4STEM MakerLab)

Collaborating STEM organizations for fall 2018 have not all yet been confirmed but may include Chicago Public Schools Science Fair, Inc., The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and others.

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