For our neighborhood

Our programs for K-12 students, and our teacher training programs in materials science specifically take advantage of our location on the South Side of Chicago to encourage the participation of underrepresented minority students in science. We especially delight in our after-school science clubs which actively engage students in scientific inquiry and foster mentoring relationships with Center participants.

For Students (and families) during the school year

After-school science clubs

Science Nights

Student Summer Programs:

SMART (for high school students interested in physics)

Teacher Professional Development


We regularly teach classes for local Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers in SESAME, Seminars for Endorsement of Science and Mathematics Educators, program run by the former dean of the physical sciences. Completion of nine classes leads to State of Illinois endorsement in either K-8 math or science. We introduce CPS teachers to materials science and other key topics by teaching classes, providing curricula, and developing new teaching components and courses. Two regular courses taught by Center members include “Introduction to Materials Science” and “Physics and Chemistry of Biology” with Center research as a key component.  The final project for teachers is the development of appropriate curriculum materials for their classrooms, which are then shared with the other teachers.