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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

List Resources by Grade Range (High School)

Click a grade range to view a list of resources that support that general grade area, or click here to view a grade matrix displaying the grades supported by each resource.

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

Early Elementary
(K-2)

(30 items)
Upper Elementary
(3-5)

(49 items)
Middle School
(6-8)

(42 items)
High School
(9-12)

(14 items)

High School

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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
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Camp and Club Science Sourcebook: Activities and Leader Planning Guide for Science Outside School
This guide is for leaders/instructors contemplating adding an informal science program.  It’s full of fascinating activities, sound science, relevant health concepts, and practical advice--whether you seek new activities or are just starting.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 5 to 8, 5 to 9 Target Audience: Starter Programs
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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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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.

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Subjects: biology, environmental science, horticulture, physical science Grades: all
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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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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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Garden Mosaics
By pairing kids with elder gardeners/people of differing cultures, this program helps bridge cultural gaps through shoulder-to-shoulder gardening adventure.  It includes a curriculum and supplemental resources, but you must supply community members.
Subjects: biodiversity, cultural anthropology, horticulture, invasive species Grades: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 Target Audience: Bilingual
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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
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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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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
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Science is Cool
“Cool” science and easy-to-use materials engage afterschool participants’ sense of wonder.  These inquiry-based frameworks/materials tap kids’ natural curiosity about how things work and spark discovery/ exploration through afterschool science. 
Grades: all Target Audience: Starter Programs
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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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The Private Eye®: (5X) Looking/Thinking by Analogy
With little advanced prep/materials, program leaders using the program manual can offer kids a way to investigate the world using the Private Eye, a program based on visual investigations with an inexpensive jeweler’s loupe and their curiosity.

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Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12
 

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