After-School Program Exploring Science (APEX)

July 1st, 2004 - June 30th, 2008 | PROJECT

After-School Program Exploring Science (APEX) proposes to develop and implement a training model that will enhance the capacity of community-based after-school programs to provide science-learning opportunities for children ages 5-10. Capacity building will center on expanding the human resource base as well as access to hands-on resources that enable investigative science in informal settings. " APEX" will create a series of engaging hands-on science investigations that will be designed for replication in a wide range of informal learning environments. "APEX" community partners include the YMCA, YWCA and Family Christian Association of America (FCAA). The Miami Museum of Science will also partner with Miami-Dade Public Schools, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to formalize opportunities for paraprofessionals and pre-service teachers to meet a portion of their certification requirements by leading "APEX" Science investigations in after-school programs thereby providing community-based after-school programs with a more stable workforce while at the same time supporting future teachers in the development of inquiry-based teaching skills. Through "APEX" over 275 after-school provider staff will be trained along with up to 300 pre-service teachers and paraprofessionals. The project will work with 93 after-school programs and impact roughly 7,000 high-need students.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

APEX Science Year Three Summative Evaluation

Team Members

Judy Brown, Principal Investigator, Miami Museum of Science


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0406911
Funding Amount: 1224492


Audience: Adults | Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs