Zoo Explorers Club: Community-Based Informal Science for Middle School Students

Monday, October 1, 2018 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Library Programs, Aquarium and Zoo Programs
Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Black/African American Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo will launch the Zoo Explorers Club to provide underserved middle school students with free informal STEM education in public libraries and community centers in majority African American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Cicero, and Melrose Park, Illinois. The program will consist of two four-week units per year, themed around STEM topics of interest to sixth-eighth graders. Students will participate in informal sessions that include hands-on science experiments, outdoor observations, craft projects, or animal experiences designed with the varied learning styles of middle school students in mind. Students will also participate in a free field trip to a zoo, nature center, museum, or other destination related to the unit topic. The curriculum will be designed to facilitate science learning through inquiry for up to 180 students per year, and empower young people to see themselves as agents of conservation solutions.

Funding Program: 
Museums for America
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Team Members

Sarah Breen BarteckiSarah Breen BarteckiPrincipal Investigator

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