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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

List Resources by Cost

The cost categories below indicate what it would cost to purchase the materials reviewed for use with a group of approximately 25 students.

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

Free
(9 items)
$1 - $40
(18 items)
$41 - $75
(1 item)
$76 - $100
(5 items)
More than $100
(18 items)

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21st Century Afterschool Project (CASP)
These lesson plans support afterschool activities that provide youth with opportunities to experience science (especially focusing on reinforcing key scientific concepts around ecological impacts of water issues) within a familiar social atmosphere.
Subjects: math, multiple science topics Grades: 4 to 5, 6 to 8
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Celebrate Urban Birds/Project Pigeon Watch
An easy and fun Web-site with bright visual layout and information in both English and Spanish that offers information about birds plus guides you through collecting/submitting local data crucial for scientific research by Cornell Univ. ornithologists. 
Subjects: biology Grades: all Target Audience: Bilingual
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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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Fetch!
Combing a TV show/website/materials, Fetch targets kids 6-10 by mixing six human contestants with a cartoon dog in a reality TV meets science battle.   If you have a TV and computers, your kids can join the creative problem solving fun. 
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 4 to 5, grade 6
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Field Trip to the Moon
This highly structured one-time activity lets kids work together to solve problems and prepare for a trip to the Moon.  The educator guide and DVD provide instructors with ideas and data to help plan a lunar station and trip to the Moon.
Subjects: astronomy, multiple science topics Grades: 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12
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Kinetic City
For afterschool programs with online computer access, these activities address a range of fundamental scientific concepts in a virtual world structured as a computer adventure game through a variety of online “missions.”
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 3 to 5
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NASA Educators Guides
These web-based educator guides include many materials for a variety of topics.  Some masterfully combine scientific content and engaging activities with clear guidance for instructors, but the quality varies so it’s best to check them out/decide.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12
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ZOOMsci
ZoomSci’s website supports the PBS hands-on, youth-focused TV series, ZOOM by providing instructors everything necessary to lead the program’s science experiments for kids 8 to 11.  With this support, doing science activities is a breeze.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 3 to 5, grade 6 Target Audience: Starter Programs