Free STEM Opportunity for CPS HS Girls

Announcing an upcoming opportunity for young women in CPS high schools to engage in a memorable, hands-on learning experience. Exelon is partnering with the United Nations Women #HeForShe program to spark interest in high school girls in STEM education and careers. They are looking for female students currently in 10th and 11th grades to participate in this unique experience.

Accepted students will first participate in one or both free interactive STEM Saturday Sessions on April 28th (at the Shedd Aquarium) and May 5th (at Brookfield Zoo); they can accommodate 75-100 girls at each Saturday session. Students also may apply for a week-long residential STEM Innovation Academy for approximately 100 girls held on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus July 15-21.

All programming is free to students and a select number of students will earn college scholarships through their participation. Please see the attached flyer for details including a link to the online application. Flyer attached.


March 21, 2018: Application window opens
April 4, 2018: Application window closes at 5:00 PM
April 18, 2018: Students will be notified of their acceptance into their designated program(s)
April 28, 2018: STEM Saturday Session – Shedd Aquarium for accepted students
May 5, 2018: STEM Saturday Session – Brookfield Zoo for accepted students
July 15-21, 2018: STEM Innovation Academy for accepted students

They are looking for applicants who display the following traits:

Interest in STEM-related fields
Commitment to academic and extra-curricular priorities
Willingness to collaborate and learn together through peer and mentor/mentee relationships

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jessica Mahon (info below). The application deadline is April 4, 2018.

Jessica Mahon

Executive Director of STEM

Office of Teaching & Learning | Chicago Public Schools

Office: 773-553-6422

Twitter: @JessicaMahon314

HeForShe STEM and Innovation Academy.pdf