The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E) provides highly-engaging, age-appropriate hands-on science and engineering activities for Chicago Public School (CPS) K-8 students and their parents. The program develops student and parent knowledge as well as a love of learning in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our special teaming approach – providing teaching tools and learning experiences to teams of teachers and parents - is unique to ChiS&E and an integral part of its ability to generate a shared vision of the possible among students and parents alike.
Model Real Careers
From kindergarten through eighth grade, young scientists participate in sessions of three hours each mainly on Saturdays at the University of Illinois at Chicago (some classes are held at the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ) each year. There are also additional parent orientation sessions.
Kindergarten - Little Civil Engineer (8 Classes) + Algebraic Concepts
Grade One - Little Chemical Engineer (8 Classes) + Algebraic Concepts
Grade Two - Little Electrical Engineer (8 Classes) + Algebraic Concepts
Grade Three - Little Mechanical Engineer (8 Classes) + Algebraic Concepts
Grade Four - Little Structural Engineer (9 Classes)
Grade Five - Geometry (8 Classes)
Grade Six - Young Physicist (12 Classes)
Grade 7 - Young Mathematician (12 Classes)
Summer Four Week Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Program
Grade 8 - Young Computer Scientist (12 Classes)
After seventh grade, students participate in a four-week Summer Math & Science Enrichment Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
After eighth grade, ChiS&E will offer its first four week summer program for students before they enter ninth grade in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.