Rush Announces $300,000 in National Science Foundation Funds to Project Exploration

Jan 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $300,000 in federal funding to Project Exploration.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization that works to ensure Chicago students become immersed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This organization is committed to promoting a diversified STEM workforce in Chicago and works to ease the poverty that permeates Chicago’s STEM deserts. 

“STEM education is the key to enhancing and ensuring that Chicago remains a leader in technology and innovation,” said Congressman Rush.

This grant will help broaden participation of African-American and low-income Chicago Public School students (Pre-K–12) in STEM learning opportunities.  Natasha Smith-Walker, Executive Director of Project Exploration will lead this effort, which is set to commence February 1st.

“I’m proud to know there are organizations committed to providing opportunity that cultivates the talented youth we have in Chicago.  I will continue to push for federal funds that ensure our youth will be exposed to the knowledge and experience that will ultimately generate the leaders of tomorrow.”  

The National Science Foundation supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country.  By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.