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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

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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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4-H Wildlife Stewards
This program provides a useful framework programs with access to outdoors and instructors new to, but interested in, offering outdoor experiences that develop scientific perspectives about nature through real interaction with it.
Subjects: environmental science Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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Astrobiology: Science Learning Activities for Afterschool
For five to 12 year old kids, the question of life beyond Earth is captivating.  These materials address that question through astrobiology through easily accessible, low-cost household items, and innovative lessons/activities from NASA and AMNH.
Subjects: astronomy, biology Grades: K to 6
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Bottle Biology: The TerraAqua Column
Let your kids experience the scientific process, ecology and environmental degradation with a year’s worth of activities using recycled materials.  You can’t top it for ease and cost since all activities are housed in 2-liter soda bottles.
Subjects: life science Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8
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Bubble Festival
From the GEMS series, this Bubble Festival combines true scientific exploration with highly engaging, fun bubble-based activities that appeal to children of almost any age.  It’s “good clean” fun and real, hands-on science happens every time.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: K to 6
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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