Science Club Summer Camp is a new STEM education program for both third grade teachers and kids.

Teachers learn how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards during a hands-on practicum, and lead kids at a Boys & Girls Club summer camp.


Not sure about teaching science? This program’s for you. A three-week paid summer training and practicum program designed to help CPS third grade teachers meaningfully integrate the Next Generation Science Standards in their own classrooms.

Build Science Teaching Skills & Confidence

Learn new approaches to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards. Explore the NGSS-aligned CPS science curriculum and trial new activities with eager, age-appropriate learners at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago summer camp. Build a support network of like-minded teachers and scientists.

Learn from the Experts

Experienced CPS science teachers and Northwestern University scientists support participants with training and practical resources tailored to the Next Generation Science Standards. Visit real research spaces and learn more about authentic science.

Get School Year Support

Science Club Summer Camp staff help teachers bring the new curriculum to their classrooms through 1-2 classroom visits and regular Professional Learning Community meetings.



As part of the Boys & Girls Club summer camp, youth (ages 7-9) explore creative science and engineering challenges with fun teachers and real scientists. Youth attend science three times a week plus participate in all sorts of other great activities.

Interactive Fun

Conquer interesting science and engineering challenges. Work together with other kids to conduct experiments and design solutions to real-world problems. Learn to collaborate in the safe, welcoming, and youth-centered environment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Field trips, art activities, and fun games are included, too!

Meet the Scientists

Work with real scientists from Northwestern University and explore the impact science can have on everyday, real-world challenges. Take field trips to real research labs in Chicago and see what scientists do.

Earn a Scholarship

Youth who participate in Science Club Summer Camp qualify for a scholarship at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Scholarships cover the registration fees for summer camp and allow youth to participate in summer camp all week long. All we ask is that they participate in our science sessions three times a week (total of six hours).

Join In!


Scientists and engineers are incredibly curious people. They wonder about how things work and conduct experiments to learn more about the world. Once they figure things out, they use and share their knowledge to solve real world problems.
High quality science education should give students the same chance to explore their curiosity. Science Club Summer Camp helps teachers learn how to use student questions to drive learning and to integrate hands-on activities that help students find their own answers.


Danielle Rutkowski

Third-grade teacher, Chicago Public Schools
Participating in the Science Club Summer Camp program this year has definitely given me the confidence to teach science this upcoming year. Not only am I more familiar with the NGSS standards, but I’m also excited about the subject!

Eiby Sawczenko

Third-grade teacher, Chicago Public Schools
I learned that teachers shouldn’t feel that they always need to know the answers and even if you do know the answer, it’s all about the kids talking it out and questioning each other to make that discovery or draw a conclusion. Kids taking charge of their learning makes their learning authentic, real, and, hopefully, permanent.


Teacher Summer 2019 Dates

SESSION 1: June 24-July 18, 2019
(July 1-5 off)

Amplify Science: Environments & Survival

SESSION 2: July 22 – August 8, 2019
Forces & Interactions (NGSS adapted)

Youth Summer 2019 Camp Dates

June 24-August 16, 2019