Outreach is an important part of our mission. We want to increase access to science wherever possible. Here are a couple projects that we’re part of:

Cena y Ciencias


Started by Rachel a number of years ago, Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science) has been recognized “for its unique ability to get elementary age children in the Spanish speaking community excited about science.” Here’s an article describing the efforts.

From the article: Left to right: Brenda Andrade, Sandy Perez, and a couple of Cena y Ciencias participants.

Project Microbe

From the website:

Project MICROBE was developed by a collaboration between Dr. Rachel Whitaker in the Department of Microbiology and Dr. Barbara Hug in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Students engage in a series of inquiry-based activities in the Project MICROBE unit to learn about microbes from the three domains of life (Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea).