Hundreds upon hundreds of youth and families will be heading for Jones College Prep High School on the 23rd of September, 2017 for a grand example of back to school activities, with the new Back to School Jam, aimed at encouraging students to find their interest and explore ways to their colleges and careers.
Part of the ‘Create Your Path’ program, a joint effort by the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) organizations, the Back to School jam is an event celebrating summer education, as well as a preview of the educational programs available during the back to school period of fall. The event is set to be held on the 23rd of September, Saturday, at Jones College Prep High School at 700 S. State St, in Chicago, from 12NN to 4PM.
CCOL partners, at least 20 of them, which includes NASA Glenn Research Center, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, will be taking part in the back to school activities, and will be providing visiting students with hands-on activities, as well as displaying the works of the youth that joined them back in summer.
CCOL started as the initiative of the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and is powered by Professor Nichole Pinkard’s Digital Youth Network. Its aim is to remove the divergence between in- and out-of-classroom learning by connecting the youth of Chicago with interest-based learning avenues across the city. The CCOL online platform, ChicagoCityofLearning.org, allows interested Chicago access to a repository of the city’s cultural, intellectual and technological resources, allowing for the discovery of new interests, the pursuit of passions, and the education of youth via the chronicling of experiences.
Over 100 institutions across the city contributed to the platform, with CCOL partners being active cooperators with events, allowing the initiative to provide a holistic learning outlet for Chicago residents.
The CCOL is supported with assistance from the Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, with development support coming primarily from the SSEP’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships.
The OSEP itself, handles the creation of research-based STEM educational programs for the learning and development of K-12 students and educators, with additional info available in the OSEP site for public access.