Project Exploration is deploying Chicago Public School students into Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota this summer to conduct field studies alongside working scientists.
"People are trying to figure out how to get kids engaged in science in a way that's really going to last, especially minority youth and girls or students who struggle in school. This is a bigger education issue nationally than it was even when we started Project Exploration," said Gabrielle Lyon, who co-founded the organization with University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno in 1999. "There are a lot of one-shot science programs, but all our kids will keep working with us until they graduate high school. We're working to literally change the face of science."
The following four PE summer programs begin with a week-long classroom laboratory component on a college campus thanks to a special partnership with the University of Chicago, include a week of fieldwork and conclude with a culminating session at the end of the field season. Students continue to work with Project Exploration during the school year:
Sereno and Lyon are available for interviews about these activities, as are their program participants.
Project Exploration's blog: http://www.projectexploration.org/blog/