X-Time was founded in Summer 2020 by Sophia Libman, a student at Academy H.S. in Champaign-Urbana, near the University of Illinois. Sophia was looking for ways to provide fun, educational opportunities for children in her community during the pandemic. What began with a few online classes, now has expanded to include summer camps and X-PLORE Stations with in-person, hands-on activities across Illinois. You can find an X-PLORE station at the Martens Center in Champaign, Illinois, Anne & Roberts H. Lurie’s Children Hospital of Chicago and now at Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park.
Sophia’s mother grew up in West Rogers Park and she was passionate about bringing her project to the JCC Chicago community after being a 2022 JCC Chicago Seed613 fellow. Sophia is eager to bring the X-PLORE Station to Bernard Horwich JCC and help children discover new topics and develop interests in STEAM.