SparkShop empowers students to apply their skills to engineering challenges and see their value in STEM fields. The curriculum contains a dynamic mix of experiments, discussions, demonstrations, and problem-solving designed for 4th-5th graders. We aim to build the initial enthusiasm that prepares students to pursue the STEM activities later in their learning careers.
SparkShop offers 3 NGSS-aligned programs. Students receive a total of 3 hours with our staff and 3 additional hours of our curricula through pre- and post- lessons led by teachers. The bulk of the content is in two 90-minute, high-energy sessions led by Shonali and Tiernan, SparkShop co-directors and former industry engineers. They provide technical knowledge and access to equipment outside the normal reach of students.
SparkShop is a project of the Science & Entrepreneurship Exchange (SEE), which has taught over 1000 kids in the Chicago-area since 2013. SEE’s mission is to inspire and mobilize the next generation of America’s innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers & manufacturing geniuses.