St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy



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Participation Details:

  • Volunteers are needed for this program
  • Participation is limited:
    Currently offered at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy & Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign


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Parent Program(s):

  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering




The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy, founded by Ricky P. Greer and Dr. Jerrod A. Henderson is named after St. Elmo Brady, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This program was developed to expose underrepresented fourth and fifth grade boys to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (after school and on Saturdays) using an innovative approach. First, participants are engaged in hands-on STEM experiments and encouraged to learn through inquiry. Next, participants learn about STEM pioneers and inventors through weekly videos and exploration activities. They also interact with underrepresented University of Illinois graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff to complete experiments. Lastly, fathers, male relatives, or mentors attend a session and conduct experiments alongside participants.

St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is exposing participants to positive STEM experiences and creating a community of young scientists who may one day consider STEM careers.


  • Exposing students to STEM
  • Increasing student awareness of the practicality of STEM
  • Incorporating Next Generation Science Standards into program curriculum
  • Partnering with community leaders, University of Illinois faculty, staff and students, and Unit 4 School District to provide quality programming
  • Fostering father-son and/or mentor-mentee relationship through STEM
  • Improving student attitudes toward STEM
  • Promoting cooperative learning and critical thinking skills

Current Programs

The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is currently offered at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy and Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, IL.

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