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Science Clubs International

location_on Mexico

Empowering youth with Science

The “Clubes de Ciencia" STEM outreach program runs in 8 countries as a series of project-oriented, hands-on workshops for high school and undergraduate students. These workshops are lead by teams of young scientists from top universities in the world and are focused on cutting edge topics. We have reached over 15,000 students since 2014. We also provide mentoring and catalyze collaborations.

HundrED 2023

Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

Web presence

2014

Established

15K

Children/users

8

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
All
Updated
January 12th, 2023
"The club that I chose not only changed my understanding about math, but also it helped me to lose the fear I had for them. My instructors were the best I could have asked for”.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Young students in Ibero America have limited access to high quality STEM Education. This problem is coupled with a lack of role models and educational resources which put students in disadvantage in a globalized world that demands higher STEM qualifications and skills. We target youth to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of innovators and scientists in the region.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Teams in our network implement a series of free, project-oriented, hands-on, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEM) workshops for high school and undergraduate students. These workshops, also known as “Clubes de Ciencia” are lead by young scientists from top universities in the world and are focused on contemporary topics ranging from bioengineering and artificial intelligence, to genome editing.
A "Club" is designed and implemented by two instructors; one based abroad (US, Europe etc) and one based in one of the countries where we operate (Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Spain, Paraguay). Each club selects between 15-25 students for a full week of activities (minimum 40 Hrs). The Clubes are primarily taught in the local language or in English, according to the needs and level of our target population. Our model is innovative because we empower young scientists, to create an educational impact in underserved youth communities.

How has it been spreading?

The "Clubes de Ciencia" Program started in Mexico in 2014 and it is currently implemented in 8 countries, in over 21 cities. More than 15,000 students, and more than 850 instructors have participated. We have delivered more than 600 Clubes de Ciencia to date. Each country has an organizing team, mostly volunteers who are responsible for the program implementation. We partner with with local universities and schools in host countries to obtain access to computers, labs, classrooms, and equipment. By bringing the students to universities, the clubes also offer them the opportunity to be completely immersed in a higher education and a research environment. Our program has been recognized by the United Nations because we meet several of the 2030 sustainable development goals.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

To be part of the network of Science Clubs International we encourage interested teams to contact us to discuss partnership opportunities. We provide support to plan, organize and deliver a pilot project. Through our network we provide organizational support and resource sharing.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
An innovation that can be highly scalable regardless of the cultural contexts and with minimal adaptation.
Impactful innovation as the underserved youths are empowered by the young scientists to be equipped with the STEM skills and knowledge for future.
- Academy member
Academy review results
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High Impact
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