For Students & Families

Year-Round Programs for Students & Families

WYSE collaborates with partner organizations to provide K-12 youth from diverse backgrounds with authentic STEM enrichment experiences within after-school or weekend STEM programs. These engagements use curricula developed by University faculty and staff in engineering, education, and other STEM fields. Undergraduate students selected to be WYSE LEADers provide instruction and mentoring to the students involved. 

For Families interested in receiving notifications about STEM K-12 outreach programs & events offered in the Champaign-Urbana area by the Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering (WYSE) program, sign up for the mailing list below. 

Champaign-Urbana WYSE K-12 Outreach Opportunities mailing list

Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E)

ChiS&E provides students in the Chicago Public Schools area with opportunities to grow and expand their knowledge & passion for STEM. ChiS&E is unique in its focus on family partnerships. In the elementary grades, the ChiS&E Saturday classes have students & family members working side-by-side on their projects. WYSE provides support for the 7th, 8th, and 11th-12th-grade programs focused on algebra, physics, and computer science. WYSE LEADers provide mentoring and instruction in Chicago each semester and once a semester, ChiS&E students and their families travel to the University of Illinois to engage in STEM and college preparation activities together. 

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ChiS&E students working on gum drop tower activity in Fall 2022

IMAGINE STEM Robotics Club

The IMAGINE STEM Robotics Club is for Champaign-Urbana 4th-8th graders. The goal is to build interest and skills in engineering and computer science through the fun and challenging process of preparing for and competing in FIRST Lego League competitions. This club is a partnership between DREAAM and The University of Illinois Grainger Engineering WYSE program. 

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IMAGINE Robotics Club

STEM at The Well Experience

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) partners with Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE) to provide STEM activities and events to pre-college students and families at The Well Experience. Students and families engage in weekly after-school STEM activities, while also developing relationships with each other and university students. 

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Students and mentors working on a STEM activity at The Well Experience