Chemistry in Afterschool – Partnership with CaSTL and the Boys and Girls Club

September 1st, 2012 - July 31st, 2014 | PROJECT

The goal of this outreach program was for Chemistry at the Space-Time (CaSTL) limit to partner with the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Santa Ana, CA to increase their participants' interest, enthusiasm and learning outcomes in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, through the development of science and chemistry hands-on lessons. The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana serves nearly 2,700 participants each day at six sites. Ninety percent of their participants identify as Hispanic/Latino and 93% are on free or reduced lunch. Although the Boys and Girls Club offers limited STEM activities, they agreed to partner with CaSTL, a UC-Irvine NSF-funded Center for Chemical Innovation, to expand their STEM ISE activities. CaSTL, in close collaboration with both the California Science Project of Irvine (CSPI), developed 24 science lesson plans that engage participants in high-level, hands-on, and interactive lessons that expose program participants to the visualization of chemistry and physics, based on CaSTL's mission. All lessons align with the California Science Standards, are highly interactive, and do not mimic the school day. These lessons compliment the state standards, but go much further in providing the participants experimental, hands-on activities that they often do not receive in their schools, due to budget, space and time restrictions. CaSTL faculty and graduate students ensured that the lens through which CaSTL research occurs was clearly represented in the lessons. CaSTL graduate students developed one of the lessons and kit and taught the spectroscopy lesson at the club.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Poster - Chemistry in Afterschool: Partnership with CaSTL and the Boys and Girls Club
Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit Boys and Girls Club Program Summative Evaluation and Final Report

Team Members

Lauren Shea, Evaluator, University of California, Irvine
Elizabeth Cruz, Contributor, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana


Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: #CHE-0802913
Funding Amount: 150000


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Undergraduate | Graduate Students
Discipline: Chemistry | General STEM | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs | Summer and Extended Camps