Our vision is to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering.
Geographic areas served: Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, USA
Programs: The Museum of Science and Industry seeks to further public understanding of science, technology and industry by providing visitors with integrated learning experiences centered around immersive environments that feature real things, real processes, and hands-on interaction. Exhibit experiences are organized around key themes: Manufacturing, Space and Defense, Human Body, Communications, Energy and Environment, Transportation. Key exhibits include the U-505 German WWII submarine; the Apollo 8 space capsule; hatching baby chicks; a giant walk-through heart; and a visit to a coal mine. Upcoming exhibits will feature genetics; telecommunications; automated manufacturing; and modern rail transportation. Education programs include on-site demonstrations and tours; online teaching tools; facilitated Learning Labs within major exhibit halls; teacher workshop and training; early childhood education programs; after-school programs; science club networks; and programs for high-school students preparing for college. The Museum serves more than 2 million visitors a year, including 400,000 students visiting with school groups. The Science Minors youth development program reaches 5,000 kids and teens each year, many from underserved communities. Younger students attend after-school science clubs in community centers, schools and other after-school organizations. Teens participate in Science Minors, which presents hands-on science learning and volunteer opportunities. Science Achievers have completed the Science Minors program and participate in more advanced science programs, internships and preparation for college.Middle grades science teachers participate in professional development workshops at the Museum several times each year, focusing on a particular area of science. The teachers become familiar with the science concepts, learn hands-on activities aimed at helping their students learn back in the classroom and receive curriculum materials and classroom supplies to take back to their schools.