YOU Participants Support STEM Initiatives in Bridgeport

July 15, 2014 | Chicago, IL

This spring, Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) participants at Erie House teamed up with After School Matters, Iridescent and the Chicago Public Library to conduct STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiatives with children in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Under the guidance of YOU Youth Coordinator Michelle Palomino and other adult instructors, Erie House teens adapted Curiosity Machine project-based learning to teach important concepts and principles to children at Richard J. Daley Library. All of the activities were characteristically hands-on, such as building miniature sailboats out of paper and aluminum foil. YOU participants worked with the students to use the trial-and-error method and make modifications to increase efficiency.

Members of Visionaries, a youth digital media apprenticeship program at Erie House, put together this brief film documenting their experiences, and we thought you might enjoy watching the growth and learning taking place around STEM initiatives.

For more information about how you can support our YOU program, please visit or call 312.563.5800. 


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