Chicago is the headquarters for many of the country’s most technologically advanced firms, research laboratories, and universities. In support of such institutions, Skinner West is helping to nurture the next generation of highly-educated, technologically-capable workers. Our school believes in providing students with the most authentic and inspiring science experiences possible, coupled with rigorous instruction in the skills required to conduct scientific investigations. In addition to giving children the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century, this method of science instruction also fosters a lifelong curiosity about the natural world, and gives children the power to answer their own questions.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program provides just the type of learning opportunity that Skinner West’s students need. This amazing program will give our students the chance to actually be scientists, designing real experiments for spaceflight. This is truly a once in a lifetime learning opportunity, with the potential to inspire hundreds of our students to pursue further studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
All Skinner West students in grades 4 through 8 will participate in the program. This is a total of 350 students. Three departmental science teachers will provide the core of instruction, along with cooperation from the students’ eleven homeroom teachers.