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Institutions and Project Descriptions

Brooklyn Children's Museum (Kayla Dove and Roslyn Smith)

Museum Team is a year round free, cultural arts enrichment and academic program that servers youth 2nd -12th grades. Participants tend to grow up through the program. It is not unusual for students who begin the program in elementary or middle school to go through to high school. A wonderful outcome of the program is that 100% of our high school seniors go on to college. Museum Team is a museum after school program. As such, the Museum and all of its resources are primary and integral to the program. Students benefit from programs facilitation from the entire education department.

Children's Museum of Houston (Cheryl McCallum and LaShondia Pollard-McNeal)

CMH delivers an array of quality educational programs that support and extend beyond school-based learning.

Our Science Workshop, operating at Edison and Ortiz Middle Schools, provide children with on-going opportunities to work on self-initiated and facilitated projects from within an environment that combines elements of a science lab, wood shop and nature center.

Project ACCELERATE facilitates the education of young children by combining interactive math and culture-based learning activities with curriculum-based learning software.

Magnificent Math Moments program seeks to increase the math competency level of children by providing them with increased access to math-based informal learning activities.

Houston's Kids is a collaborative formed to provide educational programming to the Katrina evacuee elementary school students enrolled in Alief ISD.

Parent Stars facilities the provision of resources and support to parents so they may increase the math, science and literacy skills of their children.

Para Los Ninos workshops provide monolingual Spanish speaking parents more access to libraries and quality resources that support and improve their parenting skills.

Raise a Reader Family learning program delivers training and materials to parents and caregivers to support them in their efforts to promote early childhood literacy.

Adventures After School program invites children to participate in facilitated tours where they can explore CMH's exhibits and participate in enriching interactive activities. Family Math Adventures are staged throughout the school year and provide children and their families with opportunities to take part in special math-based activities that illustrate how math learning is a part of everyday life.

Open Doors program ensures that every family that wishes to visit CMH may do so regardless of their ability to pay admission fee.

Coyote Point Museum (Karen Miel)

Coyote Point Museum's programs focus on environmental education, keeping in mind that our environment is everything around us. While we offer many natural science programs, we also teach physics and chemistry. Our OST programs include summer camps, after school classes, winter break camps and preschool programs. Our core audience is children ages 4-12, but these programs serve youth ages 2-14.

We strive to provide hands-on, engaging, experiential programs. The museum's mission is to educate and inspire people to care for our earth wisely. We teach people how to think, not what to think.

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) (Jason Lee and Mark Mayberry)

DAPCEP's mission is to increase the number of historically under-represented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology related fields. DAPCEP achieves this mission by offering high quality, non-remedial out of school time programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Over 5,000 students, grades K through 12, are currently served through DAPCEP's academic programs in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. More than 95 percent of DAPCEP students are African American with the remaining five percent being Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, or Caucasian. Fifty percent of DAPCEP students are female.

We offer three six-week Saturday programs and one three-week summer program:

ACT ExamConquerors Program - offers comprehensive training for the ACT exam;

Writing, Research, and Composition for Future Engineers - Develops writing skills and provides techniques for writing effective essays, research papers, and college applications;

Future Engineers In Business - teaches basic business principles and prepares students for entrepreneurship in a global society.

Summer Achievers Program - teaches academic study skills, test-taking strategies, as well as entrepreneurship, public speaking and communication, science and arts, and cultural enrichment.

National 4-H Council (Pam Garza and Rebecca Meyer)

For over 100 years, 4-H has been the largest youth organization providing hands on science with young people. Committed to learning by doing and leading by example the roots of 4-H was to have adults work with youth to lead major change in the agricultural approaches in this nation - and they did. Young people were able to lead this change. These same roots guide the current SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) initiative. Already 5.9 million youth have an opportunity to do SET activities across this nation with trained, caring staff and volunteers.

4-H provides an opportunity for young people to belong - to be part of a group their own age, to learn new things and do fun things together. Through 4-H, young people have opportunities to:

Learn new skills, gain knowledge, and develop positive attitudes.

Develop and use their creative talents.

Learn to make intelligent decisions and to solve problems.

Develop a feeling of self-worth, while respecting the rights and privileges of others.

In brief, the purpose of 4-H is to provide a variety of learning experiences for youth that contribute to their personal growth and development and that will help them to become contributing, self reliant, and responsible members of society.

Pacific Science Center (Heather Gibbons and Dennis Schatz)

Science On Wheels - Science Shows, Portable Planetarium, Exhibits, Storybook Science, Science After School, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Fairs & Festivals, Acceso a la Ciencia

Camps - We offer more than 40 different science day camps at Pacific Science Center in Seattle and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue (in partnership with Bellevue Parks and Community Services).

Camp-In - Enjoy Pacific Science Center overnight for a jam-packed evening of everything the center has to offer.

Discovery Corps - a youth development program with a system of training and assessment leading to increased levels of responsibility, pay, and skill.

Saint Louis Science Center (Diane Miller)

The Youth Exploring Science (YES) program further promotes the Saint Louis Science Center's mission "to stimulate interest in and understanding of science and technology throughout the community." In an effort to do so, the YES program works with 200 teenagers facing multiple risk factors throughout the course of their high school career, providing them with a work-based, inquiry learning environment that focuses on science, mathematics, and technology. YES teens are recruited from over twenty partnered community based organizations who are committed to serving low-income families throughout the St. Louis area. Participants of YES gain professional, academic, and real world skills that assist in building self-confidence and personal success. YES teens earn an hourly wage as Saint Louis Science Center employees, working directly with organizations and community partner members to help facilitate science events and activities.

The Salvadori Center (Leonisa Ardizzone)

Salvadori after-school programs typically focus on architecture and engineering using community aspects (the built environment) as springboards for project-based learning. This year, we received an NSF grant to use investigations of the built environment to introduce and reinforce STEM concepts and skills, especially engineering concepts and the design process. This program will be our largest OST Science focused program ever. BRIDGES will employ inquiry-based activities (in 8 week modules) in order to stimulate high-needs young peoples' interest in engineering, architecture, and design (as well as interdisciplinary science and math) and further their understanding of the forces that shape their community.

Science Museum of Minnesota (Chris Burda, Kristen Murray, and Anika Ward)

We have a range of OST programs: from teams of teenagers who meet after-school to work on projects in the Youth Science Center, to short-term workshops on-site and at community centers, and partnerships with libraries to provide programming and train teens to facilitate programs for youth at their sites.

The content of our programs also ranges from science, to design and engineering, to creative projects with technology.

TERC/TRACE (Glenda (Zahra) Baker and Paula Hooper)

Paula works with Digital Youth Network, FabLab at the Museum of Science and Industry and Young Artists. These programs integrate the use of digital media and learning of math and science ideas with approaches to teaching and learning that are resonant with the lives of the children they serve.

TRACE is a teen-focused job readiness program run by the Chicago Park District's Department of Environment, Culture and Special Events. Its purpose is to cultivate and encourage civic engagement and creative activism by raising youth awareness of local and environmental issues. The summer program consists of paid youth interns learning job and life skills, practicing community organizing and public speaking, exploring environmental and community issues and applying various methods of performance and art-making.

Throughout the year TRACERS continue to engage in intergenerational conversations, artistic workshops, planning and conducting park stewardship activities, performance opportunities and field trips.