Community Science Workshops: Beginning a National Movement

September 15th, 2001 - August 31st, 2009 | PROJECT

Community Science Workshops: Beginning a National Movement is an extension of a successful, NSF-funded project that created a network of community science centers in California. The San Francisco State University will now take this successful venture to a national level by working with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) to establish a new Community Science Workshop (CSW) 8-10 in underserved communities over the next four years. Once sites are selected, CSW directors participate in an intensive two-week training program. This is followed by visits by site mentors, and ongoing support through the WWW and other media, which contributes to the establishment and eventual sustainability of the centers. Each site partners with larger, established museums and science centers locally to gain much needed assistance with exhibits and education programs. Community Science Workshops contain permanent exhibit space, a workshop area for student projects and classroom/storage space. They serve a variety of audiences through after school, family, school and summer science programs. Potential locations include Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

The Community Science Workshop: A New Paradigm for Informal Education
Community Science Workshops: An Evaluation Portfolio
Spotlight - Community Science Workshops: What Happens After NSF?

Team Members

Paul Fonteyn, Principal Investigator, University of Massachusetts Boston
Daniel Sudran, Co-Principal Investigator, Mission Science Workshop


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0400403
Funding Amount: 3243782

Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: 0104743
Funding Amount: 2459202


Audience: Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Making and Tinkering Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Summer and Extended Camps