Mission & Aims
Chicago Science Works is envisioned as a novel STEAM-themed learning hub and destination promoting teen self-realization and neighborhood revitalization.
Inspire self-realization among Southside teens with 21st century STEAM pathways
STEAM-themed programs and opportunities to engage Southside teens.
Function as a science hub for online content, creative projects and learning
Cultivate individual student and cohort learning and social development using online and makerspace resources.
Create a unique Southside greenspace for plants and select animals
Provide year-round horticulture and animal science engagement with connections to recent and ancient Africa.
Enhance neighborhood-university exchange in science and community development
Teen programming and mentoring, school visitation, and presentations and events for adults and families to stimulate interchange and opportunity.
Chicago Science Works is envisioned as a ground-breaking, interactive learning center for Southside teens that places under one roof:
- STEAM library
- Makerspace labs
- Prehistoric conservatory & vivarium
- Community idea room
- Launchpad for park & habitat visits
A variety of experts and stakeholders, including community leaders, STEAM/makerspace educators, design experts and architects, participated in a full-day conference at the Neubauer Collegium, STEAM Engagement & Neighborhood Revival on Chicago’s South Side, to consider whether and how science education, more specifically STEAM, might play a role in supporting and strengthening neighborhoods.
Paul Sereno, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, University of Chicago
Walter E. Massey, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Fmr. Director of NSF & Argonne Nat’l Laboratory
Allison S. Davis, J.D.
Real Estate Developer & Lawyer and Fmr. Senior Partner, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland
Jessica Biggs, M.Ed.
Director of SW System of Care, Southwest Organizing Project and Fmr. Principal, Burke Elementary
Kamau Murray, M.B.A
Founder and CEO of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation
Jacqueline Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
Zeray Alemseged, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
Erin Adams, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Chicago
Torrey L. Barrett
Principal, Imagine Development Group and founder CEO, KLEO Center
Elisabeth Long, MLS
Associate University Librarian, University of Chicago
Matthew Meyer, MSIT
Executive Director of Academic Technology Solutions, University of Chicago
Marc Berman, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Rev. Jesse Knox, III, M.R.E.
Senior Minister, Church of the Good Shepherd UCC
Lisa Roberts, Ph.D.
Founder & Principal, Naturalia, Inc.
Rich Crowley, M.B.A.
Compliance Lead, Argonne National Laboratory and Fmr. President of the Chicago Herpetological Society
Tim Knowles, Ph.D.
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Jeremy Dunn, MLIS
Director of Teen Services, Chicago Public Library
Food System Coordinator, Office of Community Engagement & Health Partnerships, UIC and Community Advisor, Sweet Water Foundation
Practice Leader, Stantec
Joy Bergelson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago
President, Chicago Herpetological Society
Christie Thomas, MLIS
Head, Data Management Services, University of Chicago
Chicago Herpetological Society
Student, Washington University in St. Louis