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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

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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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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
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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 Court Explorations - Tom Snyder Productions (Scholastic)
Through multimedia CD-ROM graphics and hands-on activities, kids are the jury in a court case that requires scientific understanding and investigation, verbal skills, and teamwork.  This activity helps afterschool programs promote real world science.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 2 to 4
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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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Science Sensors Activity Kit: Hot or Not
Featuring an elegant set of experiments this kit permits users to “see” temperature changes in liquid crystal thermometers. These visceral activities offer immediate results and an engaging way to for kids to experience scientific experimentation.
Subjects: physical science Grades: K to 5
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Science Sensors Activity Kit: Tune Up
Activities in this kit offer kids the chance to experience the relationship between vibration, energy, and waves using tuning forks.  The activities can be repeated under varying conditions and are a great way to spark curiosity about wave patterns.
Subjects: physical science Grades: K to 3
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Square Wheels and Other Easy-To-Build, Hands-on Science Activities
Science content is expertly explained in this guide to constructing/learning new and classic science standards.  Kids construct odd phenomenon-like square wheels-using household supplies, then ask, “so what?” Engaging science follows.
Subjects: multiple science topics Grades: 5 to 8
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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
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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