Community Ambassadors in Science Exploration (CASE)

March 1st, 2004 - August 31st, 2011 | PROJECT

Community Ambassadors in Science Exploration (CASE) is a new model for encouraging the appreciation and understanding of science among underserved families through: a corps of teen and adult peer presenters; a curriculum of hands-on learning experiences for families of diverse ages and backgrounds; a regional network of museum-community collaboration; integration of community and museum resources through joint programming; and a longitudinal research study of program impacts. CASE will serve over 20,000 people over three years with peer-presented family learning opportunities and museum experiences. In addition, CASE will train a total of 108 science ambassadors who will offer science workshops at community-based organizations in the languages spoken by their constituencies. Through CASE, the ambassadors will gain training and experience in informal science education that can open the door to possible future career opportunities in community and museum settings. Building on a ten-year history of museum-community collaboration, CASE will be conducted by PISEC, the Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative. PISEC includes four major Philadelphia informal science institutions: The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, The Academy of Natural Sciences and The New Jersey State Aquarium. This organization conducts research and outreach projects in support of family science learning.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

CASE Final Evaluation Report
In Their Own Voices: Museums and Communities Changing Lives

Team Members

Minda Borun, Principal Investigator, Franklin Institute Science Museum
Kathleen Wagner, Co-Principal Investigator, Philadelphia Zoo
Angela Wengner, Co-Principal Investigator, New Jersey State Aquarium
Naomi Echental, Co-Principal Investigator, The Academy of Natural Sciences


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0337266
Funding Amount: 958225


Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks