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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

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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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Family Math
These guidebooks provide cross-disciplinary, creative, skill-oriented activities to foster home-school connections using household items.  They also focus on building equity in math since they are accessible to students and instructors of many levels.
Subjects: math Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Bilingual, Ethnically Diverse Audiences, Families
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Family Science
These activities engage groups of kids and parents in hands-on science, experiments, discussions, and interactions with scientists that reveal science in daily life. Though designed for big group science events, these can be adapted for small groups.
Subjects: astronomy, biology, chemistry Grades: K to 5, 6 to 8 Target Audience: Girls, 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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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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GEMS Paper Towel Testing
These four inquiry-based activities help kids design/conduct experiments to test/compare advertising claims about wet strength and absorbency of 4 paper towel brands.   These are well designed and the teachers guide is elegantly clear and concise.
Subjects: math, multiple science topics Grades: 5 to 8 Target Audience: Families
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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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Math and Science Across Cultures, from the Exploratorium
This instructors guide includes math/science activities relevant to students of all backgrounds and hints to help those uncomfortable with science content promote deep thinking, questioning and experimentation through the lenses of diverse cultures.
Subjects: math Grades: 6 to 8 Target Audience: Ethnically Diverse Audiences
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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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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