SEDL home ADVANCING RESEARCH, IMPROVING EDUCATION

The National Center for Quality Afterschool

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)

More than $100

1.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Afterschool Explorations in Science (AXIS)
Multiple topic units are available, and each includes brightly colored participant activity books featuring related characters and leaders guides in English and Spanish.  Materials can be assembled by instructors or purchased in kits.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 4 to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Bilingual, Ethnically Diverse Audiences
2.
Community Reviews: 1
***** 5.0 out of 5
Rate this resource
Afterschool Universe
Developed with NASA and requiring instructors to attend training, this afterschool astronomy program provides ms students with a chance to explore concepts and enjoy hands-on activities, like a journey through the Universe beyond the solar system.
Subjects: astronomy Grades: 6 to 8
3.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
APEX Science
Eight separate units/topics that include four sessions each and provide kids with sufficient depth within a structure appropriate for typical after school program needs.  Each unit includes clear instructor binders and consistent unit features.
Subjects: astronomy, biodiversity, biology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, life science, mechanics, physical science Grades: K to 3, 2 to 6
4.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Astrobiology: Afterschool Life in the Universe
Rigorous, rich materials (4 units, 27 activities) with authentic approaches to varied disciplines and based on publisher, TERC’s, Astrobiology, An Integrated Science Approach, and text.  Best for committed students and experienced instructors.
Subjects: math, multiple science topics Grades: 9 to 12
5.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
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
6.
Community Reviews: 1
***** 5.0 out of 5
Rate this resource
Camp in a Can Insect Adventures
With this kit, instructors guides, instructional dvd and access to outdoor space, any interested instructor can lead entertaining activities that enable kids to learn, through direct experience, about insects and their habitats.

video available
Subjects: life science Grades: 1 to 5
7.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Club Invention
This research-based kit/instructor guide with all necessary to immerse kids in realistic problem-solving scenarios including design, building, testing, and redesign of tents, bridges, etc.  Fun science is repeatable with replacement of consumables.
Subjects: physical science Grades: 1 to 6
8.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Design It! Engineering in After School Programs
In this field-tested, engineering-focused set of afterschool activities kids build simple models of familiar technology, then improve their designs.  Guides offer interesting extensions and tips for leading discussions to simplify implementation.
Subjects: physical science Grades: 2 to 6
9.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
EarthBox
Available at elementary, ms or hs levels, these kits offer refined growing environments that permit in-or out-door gardening. The ms kit (reviewed here) includes the growing unit, standards-based lessons and a guide kids use to engage in gardening.

video available
Subjects: biology, environmental science, horticulture, physical science Grades: all
10.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Explore It! Science Investigations in Out-of-School Programs
These 13 projects give 8-12 year olds a chance conduct true scientific investigations.  Instructors can draw on a thorough instructor's guide to prepare to lead these explorations of physical science and engineering concepts behind each project.
Subjects: physical science Grades: 2 to 6
11.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
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
12.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Mindstorms for Schools (LEGO)
If you have computers, funds for (costly) materials, and training to troubleshoot/lead the use of Mindstorms, this professionally designed curriculum permits kids to program LEGO machines and address disciplines like physics, robotics and mechanics.
Subjects: physics Grades: 4 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12
13.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Mission Discovery
Staff with interest and experience in (the reviewed unit on horticulture) can use this traditional discussion-and-lab curriculum to spark participant interest in this field through journaling and engaging hands-on experiences.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 6 to 8
14.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
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
15.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
PCS Edventures (Academy of Robotics reviewed, multiple kits offered)
Given funding for necessary materials, computers, instructors willing/able to lead and participant interest, kids can use LEGO to build mechanical devices and explore basic robotics through numerous, stimulating and engaging activities.
Subjects: engineering, math, physics, robotics, technology Grades: 5 to 8, 9 to 12
16.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Strive to Thrive Activity Handbooks
Fun, engaging, and informative science activities require little prep time, yet are interesting and engaging. With little prior science background, instructors can lead the flexible activities that stimulate student curiosity/engagement.
Subjects: chemistry, environmental science, life science Grades: 5 to 8
17.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
Sunflower/Girasol
Thematic, grade 3-5, activity-based units in English and Spanish focus on plants, water, air, trash, sound, and the human body and enable students to make connections between science, their lives, families, and environments.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 2 to 5 Target Audience: Bilingual
18.
Community Reviews:
None on file. Be the first to
Rate this resource
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