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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.

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

Girls

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After-School Science PLUS —Activity Guide and Planning Guide
These units permit busy instructors of limited scientific backgrounds to engage female, minority, or bilingual students in science through oral/literacy-based activities that feature biographic vignettes of demographically diverse scientists.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Bilingual, Girls, Ethnically Diverse Audiences
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Build IT
BuildIT is a year long curriculum requiring computers, trained instructors, mentors and planning that engages girls in engineering technology while boosting their social skills, confidence, creativity, and community involvement.
Subjects: engineering, technology Grades: 6 to 8 Target Audience: Girls
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Design and Discovery
Intel & the Girl Scouts created this set of free inquiry-based/interdisciplinary engineering activities designed to take teen girls through design process to develop prototypes that address problems they identify. Staff interest/expertise is helpful.
Subjects: engineering Grades: 6 to 8, 9 to 12 Target Audience: Girls
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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 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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Operation SMART
This set of activities/staff guides empowers girls to pursue science, math, and technology careers.  Designed to build confidence/offer success, these activities include ideas for extensions, but instructors must prepare daily logistics/activities.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 6 to 8 Target Audience: Girls
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Techbridge
If instructors interested in supporting girls’ pursuit of science and engineering can attend pre- and follow-up trainings, this program helps them combine mentorship and hands-on scientific exploration to introduce girls to career possibilities.
Subjects: engineering, multiple science topics, technology Grades: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 Target Audience: Girls
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Wonderwise: Women in Science Learning Series
These kits feature contemporary women scientists as positive role models.   Kits also contain short videos profiling the scientist and her work, hands on activities, printed material, and motivation for girls to pursue science.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 5 to 8 Target Audience: Girls