Community / Individual

Gina Grant - Urban Element 79 | Independent | CLX

Gina Grant is an urban educator with 20 years of experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. As an administrator, she has extensive experience in leading district-wide initiatives and systemic changes for Chicago Public Schools in the areas of science, middle grade, and technology. Gina has management experience with nonprofit organizations in the development of long-term strategic planning; grant writing, partnerships, program/course development, evaluation, technology integration and digital badging for students, educators and administrators. Her work with developing and sharing Minecraft themed challenges and activities for youth in Chicago has been a great way for young people to learn how to deal with issues of the built environment and develop empathy through civic engagement. Gina’s Minecraft work has received recognition both nationally and internationally. Ms. Grant founded Urban Element 79 (UE79) as a project that uses games-based learning, civic engagement & design thinking to teach about the built environment. Urban Element 79 believes every community has something gold or “good”.