C2ST Initiatives

Each year we strive to reach a wider and more diverse audience to make sure that we are fulfilling our mission of raising scientific literacy and appreciation for science and technology in the general public. With this goal in mind, we have implemented several initiatives that speak to our commitment to change and innovate our practices to better serve the public.

Unity in Curiosity

The last few months have been challenging for Chicagoans, Americans, and citizens of the world. Now would usually be the time for many of us to head out to the beach, meet with friends, and enjoy some well earned R&R. Summer is a great time for outdoor science events, like our Urban Nature Walk. While we may not get the summer we planned for, that doesn’t mean we can’t figure out new ways to have fun in the sun.

C2ST is proud to present “Unity in Curiosity,” our Summer 2020 initiative. By contributing to and supporting our previous initiative, “Science from the Frontlines,” donors and attendees provided us with a platform to organize and host a slew of new virtual programs to engage and educate Chicago residents. This summer, we’d like to make Unity in Curiosity an even bigger success.

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Science Journalism

The goal of the Chicago Science Journalism initiative is to enhance C2ST’s online presence through its blog and to stimulate more coverage of Chicago science and technology activities. This recent collection of articles was produced in partnership with Medill Journalism, IIT, and board member and Senior Counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, Bob Kriss. Happy Reading!


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C2ST Artist in Residence 2019-Jordan Holmes

Jordan “Dxtr Spits” Holmes was raised in Prince George’s county Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. His curious mind led him to become a jack of all trades as a scientist/engineer, musician, spoken word artist, and entrepreneur.  Holmes relocated to Chicago in 2014 after graduating from Virginia Tech where he got his degree as a Materials Science Engineer and met his mentor Dr. Nikki Giovanni.

He began the pursuit of his music career as Dxtr Spits, a witty, impactful, and energized lyricist. Holmes is the Founder and CEO of “Onli Packs,” an apparel and backpack brand that utilizes art from local artists. He prioritizes community reinvestment and creates community support initiatives utilizing his company and brands. His versatility and hustle have landed him attention locally and nationally including NPR, The Chicago Tribune, Vocalo Radio, Voyage Chicago, & These Days News.

Inclusiveness in STEM

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s Inclusiveness in STEM events will serve as a conduit to bring diverse groups of STEM enthusiasts together, and do what C2ST does so well, serve as a liaison and resource for the STEM community, and make connections between various constituent groups within this community. Continue reading “Inclusiveness in STEM”


C2ST is a proud advocate of science and technology both in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Here we compile all information, programs, fellowships, and events that may be helpful or interesting to our community. Check this page occasionally for internship opportunities.

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CPS Educator Fellow

C2ST CPS Educator Fellow

The C2ST Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Educator Fellow acts as a liaison between C2ST and the CPS community, helping C2ST understand the needs of teachers, and help teachers find C2ST programs that will be useful for them. Each year C2ST will choose a new Educator Fellow in order to make stronger ties to the different school districts and communities in Chicago. Through this initiative we hope to offer new perspectives on science and technology to teachers and provide CPS parents and students opportunities to learn about the world-class research being done in their own backyard.

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