IMAGINE SCIENCE DALLAS
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG PROBLEM SOLVERS
By 2022 the U.S. will be short 1 million needed STEM professionals. Too few young people are pursuing STEM careers.
Imagine Science is an unprecedented partnership between four leading national youth organizations to bridge the STEM gap by igniting the imaginations of under-represented youth. Prolonged, informal exposure to STEM increases children’s interest and builds a foundation for proficiency through high school and beyond.
Locally launched in 2015, Imagine Science Dallas was one of three national pilots. Today there are 11 communities across the country. In Dallas, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension 4-H and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas partnered to engage youth in STEM and STEM careers. Initially a summer program in two Pleasant Grove middle schools, Imagine Science expanded to year-round programming, serving over 1,500 4th - 8th grade students. Youth participate in themed activities from Entomology to Engineering with each session bringing a new adventure.
Led by a Program Manager, all four partners invest equally in the work of Imagine Science, creating curriculum, managing data, hosting program locations and assessing success. The YMCA acts as the fiscal agent for the cohort, as funds are raised across the community from individuals, businesses and foundations.
IMAGINE SCIENCE programs:
- are fun and appealing to girls and boys alike from all backgrounds in 4th-8th grades
- are tailored to youth's interests and developmental needs
- use curricula and activities proven to spark interest and build skills in STEM
- are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
- empower youth to direct their own learning and build confidence to solve problems together with peers and adults
Verizon's generous grant helped fund Imagine Science Dallas' STEM focused out-of-school time programming to Dallas youth in 2020.
Imagine Science Day of Summer 2021! Visit the experience!
Read more about Imagine Science, as a national organization.
Imagine Science Dallas provides innovative STEM programs to unserved and under-served youth in Dallas. Programs are, at minimum, 15 hours
long and can be co-educational or boys/girls only.
The Molina Foundation donated a total of 21,600 new children’s books arrived to Imagine Science Dallas as learning gifts for children in underserved communities. Read more here.
Imagine Science Outreach Camp has allowed young people to pursue their passion for STEM during the summer while also molding new friendships along the way.