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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

List Resources That Contains Features That Appeal to Specific Target Audiences

The lists below display resources that have been identified as containing features that include specific design elements that will appeal to the respective target audiences and may help nurture participants' interest in science during school, after school or perhaps even as a career.

Click on a title to view a description of the resource and two reviews by an afterschool and a science expert.

Bilingual
(6 items)
Girls
(8 items)
Ethnically Diverse Audiences
(5 items)
Families
(6 items)
Starter Programs
(4 items)

Families

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DragonflyTV
This combined t.v. series/website attempts to "foster a greater interest in science and the process of scientific inquiry.” Elements are designed to engage minority & underserved learners by offering fun, attractive images and appealing activities.
Subjects: biodiversity, earth science, life science, multiple science topics, physical science Grades: K to 3, 4 to 5, grade 6 Target Audience: Girls, Ethnically Diverse Audiences, Families
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Family ASTRO
These clear, flexible, easy to lead activities let kids become scientists.  Each one is innovative and conceptual-revealing astronomy without factoids or complex jargon by simplifying overwhelming subjects without masking science’s ambiguities.
Subjects: astronomy Grades: 2 to 6, 6 to 8, 9 to 12 Target Audience: Families
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Family Math
These guidebooks provide cross-disciplinary, creative, skill-oriented activities to foster home-school connections using household items.  They also focus on building equity in math since they are accessible to students and instructors of many levels.
Subjects: math Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Bilingual, Ethnically Diverse Audiences, Families
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Family Science
These activities engage groups of kids and parents in hands-on science, experiments, discussions, and interactions with scientists that reveal science in daily life. Though designed for big group science events, these can be adapted for small groups.
Subjects: astronomy, biology, chemistry Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Girls, Families
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GEMS Paper Towel Testing
These four inquiry-based activities help kids design/conduct experiments to test/compare advertising claims about wet strength and absorbency of 4 paper towel brands.   These are well designed and the teachers guide is elegantly clear and concise.
Subjects: math, multiple science topics Grades: 5 to 8 Target Audience: Families
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The Science Explorer —Family Science Experiments from the World's Favorite Hands-On Museum
Emphasizing exploration and curiosity, this guidebook promotes examination of the science behind each activity. Designed for young children, its activities are accessible for kids and instructors at all levels of scientific knowledge.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: K to 5 Target Audience: Families