KICP Education & Outreach
Space Explorers, Inner-City K-12 Enrichment Program
Space Explorers Program - Celebrating the first 25 Years
We are celebrating (and documenting) the impact and success of the KICP Space Explorers Program. Since 1991, the Space Explorers Program has provided deep and meaningful experiences to over four hundred urban youth and one hundred scientists-mentors. Space Explorers has been a signature program of the KICP since its inception as a NSF Physics Frontier Center in 2001. The milestone of the 25th Anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate, document achievements and look forward to the future.
Residential Science Institutes
The Yerkes Summer Institute (YSI) ~ August, 1-8.
The biannual residential institutes held at Yerkes Observatory (Williams Bay, WI) provide an immersive environment that encourages scientific curiosity and exploration. The retreat like setting offers ample time for in-depth studies (e.g., 5.5 hrs/day lab) and for valuable informal interactions with center scientists. During the first half of the institute students explore thematically linked daytime laboratories and nighttime investigations (e.g. using Observatory telescopes) in small groups. During the latter part of the institute, each of three reporting groups explores a single laboratory in greater depth (e.g. over two additional days in the summer) and prepares a presentation for parents and peers that culminate the institute.
Yerkes Institute Archive