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Elementary School

Our elementary school programs spark interest and awareness of careers in STEM and health care — and helping children start to envision themselves succeeding in school and their desired career.

Classroom enrichment

STEMagineers classroom curricula and resources help teach children in preschool through fifth grade about health care education and career paths. We work with teachers at REACH partner schools to develop materials that align with education standards and best practices in elementary STEM education.

We also provide resources and support in classrooms and at school events, and offer professional development opportunities for teachers.

Family and community engagement

In addition to our work in the classroom, we offer workshops and events for students and their families at our five partner elementary schools.

Parent workshops focus on topics like healthy eating, exercise and planning for college; we also provide information and support at events such as open houses and family STEM night programs. After schools shut down during the pandemic, we offered online information sessions for families about COVID-19, as well as “Ask-A-Doc” sessions and referrals for resource assistance in English and Spanish.

Educator Learning Lab

REACH hosts and engages in various professional development activities, primarily in connection to the Early Childhood Enrichment and Primary Grades Enrichment Programs. The professional development activities are developed around topics identified as a high need by educators and schools. This includes one-on-one curriculum development and support, workshops, and learning series that allow teachers from REACH partnering schools at the same grade levels to collaborate.

For more information on STEMagineers programming for students in pre-K through second grade, please contact Ellen Vigil at [email protected] or (312) 942-0307.

For more information on STEMagineers programming for students in third through fifth grades, please contact Kimberly Bailey at [email protected] or (312) 942-0366.