The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E) was developed in January, 2008. Chi&SE takes its inspiration and benefits from the programs developed and implemented by the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) established in 1976 to provide out-of-school and in-school activities to students in grades K – 12 in the Detroit Public Schools. ChiS&E incorporates many of the successful elements of the pre-engineering program of DAPCEP and weaves a pre-algebraic component throughout the early elementary grades. DAPCEP’s founder and executive director, Kenneth Hill, also founded and established ChiS&E as a nonprofit organization, developed a partnership with CPS, and connected with local foundations, corporations, universities, museums, and other nonprofit organizations.


It’s easy to love STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — if you understand its most fascinating secrets. Imparting these secrets using methods that are highly engaging, age-appropriate and fun is the key. The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering program (ChiS&E) has just that key – a special team-building approach that fosters collaboration between parents and teachers. Fostering these collaborations involves providing them with tools and experiences to, in turn, collaborate with K-9 Chicago Public Schools students in hands-on science and engineering activities.


ChiS&E makes STEM real and relative to children by relating its powers to actual work that people do daily – careers encompassing engineering, computer science, and the like. Our young scientists participate in 3-hour sessions each year, mainly on Saturdays, in facilities at University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and The Museum of Science and Industry.



Our mission is to increase the number of African American and Latino students who ¬– though historically underrepresented – are motivated and academically prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).