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Collaborations with Evanston, Chicago, and beyond move relevant research out of labs and into the community.

Partnerships between Evanston schools Northwestern University
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Educators trained

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A woman holding up a spring shaped plastic
Location: Chicago & Round Lake, Ill.
Reach: 3,000 teachers from nearly 400 schools since 2009; more than 200,000 students.
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Location: Chicago and Evanston, Ill.
Reach: More than 2,000 participants, 30 teachers; program works with STEAMbassadors and after school educators.
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Location: Chicago, Evanston
Reach: 5-10 new scholars annually. Cohorts of middle school girls and families.
An adult and a child looking at a computer
Location: Chicago and Oakland, CA
Reach: 340,000 Chicago Public Schools and 36,000 Oakland Unified School District educators and students.
teacher and student building a structure together
Location: Chicago
Reach: Multiple cohorts of students and families across 9 years of partnership
A person talking to a teenager
Location: Chicago, Evanston, Dallas, and Tulsa
Reach: 1500+ Youth serving organizations; 1,000,000+ youth portfolios managed 
A cartoon of a person lying on the ground with stressed face
Location: Chicago
Reach: 400 students, ranging from 11 to 18 years old.
two students volunteering
Location: Chicago, Evanston, Online
Reach: 3000 high school students, 170,000 service hours, 1000+ community partners
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Location: Chicago and Evanston Ill.
Reach: Approximately 16 to 20 teachers and several hundred students
A group of children playing with a teacher
Location: Chicago
Reach: 2 teachers and approximately 30 students
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Location: Evanston
Reach: 3,000 teachers from almost 400 schools since 2009, more than 200,000 students.
Young girl working on electronics
Location: 240 schools across 20 US states
Reach: More than 50,000 students in 2022-23; More than 168,000 students and 1,730 teachers since 2013
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Location: Chicago, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians of Michigan, Tulalip Tribes of Washington, and formerly in Seattle.
Reach: Approximately 200 participants comprising students, co-designers, and facilitators.
Child standing on rock near stream
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Reach: The project currently involves 116 educators across five states.
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Location: Chicago, Detroit, Niagara Falls, North Carolina
Reach: 300 high school students, 100 college students
young women standing on a stage being awarded
Location: Chicago
Reach: 263 students with three full-time advisors, part-time assistant and seven summer instructors
Adult and young man working in lab
Location: Skokie and Evanston, Ill.
Reach: 100 + researchers and practitioners
A group of young women in gloves holding a small device
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Reach: Approximately 3,400 students
young students working on building a structure
Location: 13 states to 14 states
Reach: More than 700 teachers and 13,400 students in 14 states.
Adult helping child building a structure
Location: Chicago and Evanston, Ill.
Reach: Five high schools
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Location: Evanston, Ill.
Reach: 200 STEAMbassadors work with 1,000 young people during the summer.
A person holding a pipette and a person in gloves
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Reach: 50 students and 10 educators cyclically
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Location: Evanston, Ill.
Reach: 50 students and 10 educators annually
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Location: Chicago and Evanston, Ill.
Reach: 10-30 teachers and students