The E-CADEMY program utilizes the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum, to teach students how to apply engineering skills to identify problems, create unique solutions and lead their own learning experience. Over the course of 32-weeks during the school year, students work both in teams and individually to develop the skills and knowledge required for success at the post-secondary level. Our goal is to provide a pathway of opportunities that brings like-minded students together, to motivate and prepare them to successfully pursue careers in engineering. Through their early involvement in the program, we believe that we can be the catalyst for increasing the number of students who successfully matriculate through college and pursue careers in the STEM fields.


  • Dates: Saturdays, October 7, 2023 – June 8, 2024
  • Time: 9 AM – 1:30 PM (Middle School) / 9 AM – 3 PM (High School)
  • Lunch included
  • Cost: Free (High School students receive a Stipend for participating)


  • Learn to use industry leading software to solve engineering problems
  • Create solutions to engineering design challenges
  • Build a portfolio of work for continued education opportunities
  • Gain skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration
  • Preparation for entrance into a post-secondary institution to pursue a STEM degree


  • Field trips to engineering sites and corporate offices
  • Opportunities to work with professional engineers
  • College credit and scholarship opportunities
  • Stipend opportunities for Chicago high school residents 14 years of age, through After School Matters


  • Complete Application Form & submit required essays, report card, and one reference
  • Participate in a virtual interview (if invited)
  • Upon acceptance, complete additional program paper work
  • Due: Priority Deadline – August 18, 2023 / Regular Deadline – September 10, 2023

E-CADEMY in Action

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