The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative

A community-based effort to survey out-of-school time programs and consider the ways in which education institutions, businesses and city services could work together to build and support equitable and accessible pathways into science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Chicago’s young people.

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What We Do

The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative is a community-driven initiative that works to address inequities in the STEM learning continuum.

In our 2013 State of STEM in Out-of-School Time in Chicago Report, we identified that Chicago has a wealth of STEM learning opportunities for youth, in classrooms and through out-of-school time experiences. However, challenges to access and equity continue to persist for young people – particularly those from communities traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. In response to the data, the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (STEM Co-op) was formed.

"STEM Pathways" are defined as the progressive collection of STEM experiences a young person has from early childhood to adulthood. The STEM Co-op works to build and support robust STEM Pathways that enable young people to get and stay involved in STEM.

STEM Signing Day

Celebrating and supporting Chicago Public High School students who commit to pursuing STEM degrees in post-secondary education. Sponsored by Boeing and the Motorola Solutions Foundation.


Providing a platform through which young adults may develop their own leadership skills and interests in STEAM while at the same time promoting the growth of school-age youth in Chicago South and West side.

STEM Ecosystem

The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative has been a member of the STEM Ecosystems since 2015. Convening Chicago STEM stakeholders for knowledge and resource sharing.

Recent News

Westside Youth Empowerment Conference

This summer, Project Exploration, in conjunction with the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP,R3 Westside Collaborative Project and Bright Leadership Institute, is hosting its first annualWestside Youth Empowerment Conference (WYEC), a youth

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July Co-op Meeting

On July 19th, the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (STEM Co-op) convened virtually. The Co-Op was pleased to welcome Kelly Greene, Chief Operating Office of SciTech Institute, to introduce Chief Science Officers (CSO’s), an international initiative that is coming to Chicago!!!

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