Programs

The Carver Science Center Programming
The Invisible School,
"where the student is visible"

The Carver Science Center has four flagship programs. Programs include

1) Online STEM Learning Series: Grades K-12 online STEM courses,

2) STEM Teacher Professional Development: Inservice STEM teacher mentoring, and professional development,

3) Afterschool Programming: School site-based after-school for grades 3-5

4) Summer STEM Academy: Summer programming for middle through high school students.

The goal of programming is to provide informal enrichment activities with STEM teachers and professionals.

1. Online STEM Learning Series: Grades K-12 online STEM teaching

Stand-alone STEM concepts are taught for conceptual understanding and enrichment. Examples of courses include; How to Calculate Slope, The Periodic Table and Beyond, Understanding the Cell Membrane, Patterns in Nature and Math, and Basics of Coding, The Unit Circle. Lessons are designed for grades K-10. Courses are taught by STEM teachers and STEM professionals. The STEM Learning Series courses are offered approximately once a month.

2. STEM Teacher Professional Development:

professional development for using culturally relevant and sustaining practices in STEM teaching, mentoring, and teacher wellness support. 

Throughout the academic school year, The CSC  offers professional development opportunities for in-service teachers who are required to acquire professional development to maintain their teaching license/certifications. The professional development focus is to orient PK-12 educators in STEM fields about the use of culturally relevant pedagogies (CRP) and content area literacies in the teaching of STEM subject areas. Participants meet regularly to receive career guidance, and advice on handling academic responsibilities, and to receive wellness coaching for teachers using culturally relevant practices in STEM teaching and learning. 

3. Afterschool Programming: School site-based weekly after-school for grades 3-5

STEM Activities- Character Education- Ethnic Studies- College & Career Preparation

With partnering school districts this program affords significant learning opportunities for both the participating students as well as their teachers. The strength of this program is rooted in the carefully developed and maintained partnership that exists between local Chicagoland schools and The Carver Science Center. More importantly, because of the level of commitment and the strength of the after-school program, this program reinforces science skills, character education and African-centered pedagogy. The After school science program uses A Black Education Networks (ABEN) STEM Initiative (ASI) curriculum and framework. The ASI curriculum ensures that students have an opportunity to see their culture, history, and language reflected in the curriculum. 

An After School Program  designed for Scholars to take part in formal and informal culturally relevant STEM experiences that seek to foster and sustain the language, history, and cultural practices of a pluralistic society.

4. Summer STEM Academy: Summer programming for middle school and high school students.

The Academy enrolls middle and high school students from historically underrepresented groups with the goal of preparing them for success in STEM subject areas. The learning activities provide an understanding of the expectations and possibilities for study and research in the STEM fields and introduce technological tools that can assist in learning mathematics and science. 

The Academy provides an opportunity for middle school students from historically-underrepresented groups in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics to maximize their potential for success as they prepare for high school. 

The Academy provides an opportunity for high school students from historically-underrepresented groups in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics to maximize their potential for success as they prepare for  college studies. The activities seek to provide an understanding of the expectations and possibilities for study in the sciences, strengthen the mathematical background of the students, and introduce technological tools that can assist in learning mathematics and science. Academy students are grouped into research clusters that investigate key questions and topics from the following disciplines: a) Biology and Chemistry, b) Physics and Mathematics, and c) Psychology and Computer Science. The student teams report their findings in the form of research presentations on the last day of the Academy.