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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

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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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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.

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Subjects: life science Grades: 1 to 5
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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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Environmental Detectives
Kids experience the interconnectedness of the natural world using language arts, as they attempt to solve a mystery.  This rich mix of hands-on activities, role-playing, and group discussion promotes logical thought processes and research skills.
Subjects: chemistry, environmental science, life science, physical science Grades: 5 to 8
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Exploratorium Afterschool Activities
This set includes 8 easy-to-lead activities that offer science, encourage creativity, and result in great fun. Designed for grades 3-8, most require one session and include introductory video-clips, and detailed instructions/background information.
Subjects: life science, physical science Grades: 3 to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Starter Programs
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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