Science & Math


Playtime is Science

An early childhood, Pre-K -3, inquiry-based science program that encourages girls and children from other underrepresented groups to think of themselves as scientists. (more)

After-School Science PLUS

An inquiry-based science program for use in after-school centers serving students aged 6-14. (more)

After-School Math PLUS

Math activities that target students from low-income families in grades 3-8 who attend after-school programs. (more)

Great Science for Girls

An initiative to support girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). (more)

Science: It's a Girl Thing!

An early childhood science program with activities for parents and children ages 4 - 8 to do together. (more)

Playtime is Science

Playtime is Science is an early childhood, Pre-K -3, inquiry-based science program that encourages girls and children from other underrepresented groups to think of themselves as scientists. The program is unique in its focus on physical science, strong family involvement, and accessibility for students with a broad range of disabilities. This standards-based program, funded by the National Science Foundation, was designated a Promising Gender Equity Program by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Materials

The Playtime is Science program materials include a user-friendly guide and CD-ROM that contain everything needed for implementation. Ten core activities, using inexpensive and culturally familiar materials, meet the national science standards and develop essential skills necessary for success in science. Modifications for students with a broad range of disabilities ensure accessibility. The CD-ROM features slide shows of students with and without disabilities engaged in the activities; testimonials from teachers, parents, and administrators talking about how well this program works for them; and complete program information, activity instructions and updated resources. In both the guide and the CD-ROM, parent outreach materials are provided in English and Spanish.

Research Summary- Playtime is Science Impact Study.pdf

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Playtime is Science Sample Activity.pdf

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After-School Science PLUS

After-School Science Program

After-School Science PLUS is an inquiry-based science program for use in afterschool centers serving students aged 6-14. Building on the standards-based activities in Playtime is Science, the “PLUS” in this program includes diverse role models and career education materials as well as connections to literacy activities. Funded by the National Science Foundation, After-School Science PLUS expands students’ views about who can do science.

Program Materials

After-School Science PLUS: Hands-on Activities for Every Student is a two-volume set, containing an activity guide and a planning guide. The activity guide includes eleven core activities that focus on inquiry-based science and literacy-through-science, using simple materials that are low-cost or free, readily available, and culturally relevant. The planning guide provides instructions for professional development geared to the needs of afterschool centers, resources, and family outreach materials in English and Spanish.

After-School Science Plus Sample Activity.pdf

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After-School Science Plus Evaluation Report.pdf

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After-School Math PLUS

After-School Math PLUS, funded by the National Science Foundation, targets students from low-income families in grades 3-8 who attend afterschool programs. Students engage in fun, real-world mathematics activities and then create an exhibit that displays the math skills and content they have learned. Families and community members gather together to celebrate students’ work at a culminating event that takes place at a science museum or other community site, creating a unique partnership between afterschool centers and museums.

After-School Math PLUS also provides activity modifications for youth with disabilities, which is implemented in inclusive settings through a project called Afterschool Inclusive Math. (Read more about Afterschool Inclusive Math)

The program features:

  • A standards-based math activity program that is informal and fun, with built -in literacy, science, and career connections
  • Inquiry-based activities conducted at afterschool centers, with visits to the museum to learn exhibit building and presentation skills
  • Modifications for youth with a broad range of physical, sensory, cognitive, and social/emotional disabilities
  • Teenage museum explainers from diverse cultural backgrounds who serve as mentors and role models
  • Student-created math exhibits that are displayed in community-based public spaces
  • Family involvement in the form of information sharing and attendance at a culminating event where students present their exhibits

Program Materials

The After-School Math PLUS program materials include an Implementation Guide and four thematic units: ArtMath, the Built Environment, Jump Rope Math and MusicMath. The activities meets the NCTM standards, develop essential skills and help students find the math in everyday experiences. Each unit is individually bound and, with the implementation guide, are available as a set in a clear plastic carrying case.

Math as a Vehicle for Community Partnerships Webinar
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Final Evaluation Report - After-School Math PLUS.pdf

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Great Science for Girls

Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After-School Programs (GSG) is a five-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to support girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal of GSG is to change attitudes about the ability of girls to succeed in science and provide a learning environment for girls that includes opportunities for leadership; active, intelligent engagement with concerned adults and other students; inquiry-based, hands-on experimentation; risk-taking; challenges and problem-solving; and cooperative learning and fun.

The GSG program will affiliate with 16 regional intermediary organizations across the country that provide services to networks of afterschool centers. Through GSG, afterschool centers will be able to provide an effective learning environment for girls.

Program Materials

The GSG program offers regional professional development institutes, on-site consulting services, and a website that functions as a virtual support system containing detailed information on the program, resource listings, research, webcasts, articles, and curriculum.

GSG Website

Science: It's a Girl Thing!

Science: It's a Girl Thing! is using the power of social media to connect with parents and educators about how to foster girls' interest in science and technology, and why that is important. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program offers web-based and easy-to-use resources for conducting science activities at home. It builds on everyday science that parents already know. Just as children are natural scientists, parents are natural teachers. Research shows that students whose parents participate in their education achieve more, and have better attitudes towards school.

Program Materials

Science: It's a Girl Thing! includes a series of short, entertaining, and educational videos and free downloadable PDF activity cards for parents to use in working with their daughters. When complete, there will be ten activity cards and four videos.

The hub of this project is a Facebook page, which can be found at:
http://www.facebook.com/scienceitsagirlthing

Science: It's a Girl Thing! Activity Cards
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