The STEM Scholars program supports students in the pursuit of post-secondary education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In this program students participate in hands-on activities emphasizing engineering and energy efficiency.
After School Program
During the free after-school program, students collaborate with others from more than 20 Chicago public high schools tackling challenging and engaging activities covering topics including engineering, architecture, environmental sustainability, chemistry, coding, and energy systems. Each session challenges a student’s critical thinking skills, explores new topics and careers, and opens a world of possibilities. Visiting professionals expand on the activities and lessons learned and help students relate studies they pursue culminating in a tangible career. A subset of after school participants are then offered a paid summer internship.
STEM Scholars participate in a paid summer internship at the Energy Resources Center of the University of Illinois Chicago. The summer internship continues to further the student’s STEM education, connect students with mentors and energy engineers, provide a space for students to present about energy efficiency, and help their communities become more energy literate. STEM Scholars become energy ambassadors in their neighborhoods by presenting about energy efficiency practices at community events and providing ComEd IE Energy Savings Kits to community members. During the internship students learn autonomy and innovation while also developing skills in teamwork, building a professional demeanor, and fulfilling tasks and expectations.
Past STEM Scholar Intern
I am so grateful to have experienced this program. I learned a lot about the professional world and myself during this program. I feel much better prepared for the professional world and for my college career now having gone through this program. Thank you for all your guidance and kind words.
Past STEM Intern- Phillip Chavez
You can find what you love in STEM through experience and practice.