ChiS&E students visited U of I Urbana-Champaign

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ChiS&E STUDENTS & PARENTS listen intently as they sit in a University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana lecture hall. The middle school students were on campus to get first hand, a college science and math experience.

Approximately 160 students and parents from the Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E) traveled to the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus for a day of science and mathematics related activities. The trip marked the final class of the fall semester for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the program.

Saturday and Summer classes are held throughout the year on the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois for students in grades K-8. The trip was made possible with support from ChiS&E Board member Kevin Pitts and with the assistance of Sahid L. Rosado Lausell, UIUC Outreach Coordinator.

STUDENTS FROM THE ChiS&E program appear engrossed in their work as instructors lead them in science and math related activities.
STUDENTS FROM THE ChiS&E program appear engrossed in their work as instructors lead them in science and math related activities.

The experience included a tour of the U of I Champaign Urbana campus and a day of experimentation. Students learned the process of 3D printing and then made objects using the process. They also learned the science behind the creation of ice cream, made the ice cream and then ate it. “Our parents and students really enjoy visiting the campus and learning about the University of Illinois,” said ChiS&E president Kenneth Hill. “It’s quite an opportunity.”

The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E) provides a pathway to a career in science or engineering. From Kindergarten through 8th grade, students participate in fun hands-on, age appropriate learning activities to build science, engineering, and math knowledge.

The hallmark of ChiS&E’s program is its early focus on math. ChiS&E also engages and empowers parents as valued partners in their children’s education. ChiS&E also works with families to prepare students to succeed in undergraduate engineering and science programs in top universities. For more information, visit www.chiprep.org or email info@chiprep.org.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ALLOWED ChiS&E students to explore and have hands on experiences learning the 3D printing process, and the science behind making ice cream.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ALLOWED ChiS&E students to explore and have hands on experiences learning the 3D printing process, and the science behind making ice cream.

The free classes are held in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Colleges of Education and Engineering and the Department of Mathematics. The program is made possible with the support of AT&T, BP, Colonel Stanley McNeil Foundation, Elasticsearch, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Peoples Gas and Albert Pick Foundation.

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