We’re working on our web site — until it’s launched, please take a look through some photos of SEE in action, below. Once you see SEE in action, you’ll be hooked — just like the students are.
What if, by the time you graduated eighth grade, you had:
- Conceived, started and run multiple startups?
- Worked directly with and were mentored by dozens of adults, from a dozen different professions?
- Visited ad agencies, distribution centers, advanced manufacturing facilities, engineering labs, product development companies, and more?
- Worked with college students and professors to design and manufacture your own original products?
- Learned about business ethics, problem solving, how to work in teams, and how to present confidently?
- Learned the fundamentals of investment, by pitching your ideas and plans to real investors?
- Sold with the power of conviction that comes from the empowerment and ownership of the business you founded?
- Came to understand that invention and manufacturing were passions you could pursue in high school and beyond?
- Experienced the joy and promise of constructive failure, as it leads you to ultimate success?
The Science and Entrepreneurship Exchange (SEE) will inspire and educate Chicago students to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and engineers, through inspirational and practical hands-on business and product development experiences.
With a focus on experiential learning in entrepreneurship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), SEE’s approach incorporates unique real-world startup and engineering projects into existing curriculum in grades 1 - 8, engaging students with expert mentors and collaborators from universities (Northwestern University is a founding partner) and business at key inflection points. By starting their own businesses, and designing, manufacturing and selling real products, students will get an immersive and sustained education in the power and promise of entrepreneurship and engineering, and reinforcement for their math and science education.
Ultimately, SEE will create more passionate and skilled teachers and university/elementary students, who will have a deeper understanding of (and relationship with) Chicago’s entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing community — ultimately helping drive the future growth of Chicago’s ecosystem. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .