2014 / Summer Learning Challenge


2014 / Summer Learning Challenge

Liz McChesney, Children’s Services Director, Chicago Public Library

Bryan Wunar, Director of Community Initiatives at the Museum of Science and Industry

Summer slide is a national conversation for libraries and out of school time providers. This session will focus on the re-designed Summer Learning Challenge the Chicago Public Library undertook to align ourselves against 21st Century learning skills and the key areas of impact which CPL is focusing on. Through a partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, we brought STEM/STEAM skills into the program in order to foster hands-on learning, collaboration and creativity with Chicago’s kids. This session will include exploration into the American STEM crisis in education, and hands-on exploration of STEM projects created by the Museum of Science and Industry including balloon racers made by participants. 

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Speaker Bios

Elizabeth McChesney
Director of System Wide Children’s Services
Chicago Public Library (IL)

Elizabeth McChesney is the Director of Children’s Services for the Chicago Public Library. She has spent her entire career serving kids in Chicago, first at various branches in the city and then later as the Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Director for 12 years and Director of Children’s Services since 2012. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Chicago Police Department’s highest civilian honor for public service, the Morales Award, and the 2014 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker Award” for her leadership in STEM-based summer programming.  When not thinking about Summer Learning Challenges; storytelling, language acquisition, early literacy and great picture book illustration are keen among her professional interests.  

Bryan Wunar
Director of Community Initiatives
Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE)
Museum of Science and Industry

Bryan Wunar is currently the Director of Community Initiatives in the Center for the Advancement of Science (CASE) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Mr. Wunar leads the Museum’s strategic efforts to engage youth, families and communities in science learning experiences focused on developing science literacy and preparing the next generation to consider STEM careers. Wunar joined the staff of the Museum of Science and Industry in 2004 serving as the Director of Teaching and Learning, providing leadership for the Museum’s programming to support improved science education for students, teachers, schools, and communities in the Chicago area.

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Comment by Michelle Frisque on August 12, 2014 at 0:31

The presentation slides are now available online. Check them out!


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