Hands-On for Parents (and kids) Program (HOFPP)

August 15th, 1992 - January 31st, 1997 | PROJECT

The Discovery Center is a "hands-on" science museum with a mission to provide the public with a basic science literacy. The proposed HOFPP project is an outreach program that will take an informal science education activity to disadvantaged parents and children in the facilities of four (first year) collaborating "parents": The Urban League, the Spanish Action League, the North American Indian Club and Girls Inc. of Central NY. The purpose of the program is to encourage and enable parents of disadvantaged school children to play an active role in their child child's education. Phase I of the program is implemented as a series of ten weekly classes in which parents and children will work together on hands-on science activities; Phase 2 follows with a science club program. Graduates will be informally channeled into an inner-city magnet school for science and math. Past Discovery Center outreach programs have already demonstrated ability to attract disadvantaged parents. The proposed program will touch 1,000 disadvantaged persons during the initial three-year period. During the third year the HOFPP project will be transported and implemented at a Science museum in another New York State community. A three year cost-shared NSF project is proposed that will be later sustained by The Discovery Center operating budget with local donations. A professional outside evaluation will be performed to measure program success. Program reports, materials and consultation will be propagated to other interested organizations to gain maximum impact.

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Team Members

Rachel Nettleton, Principal Investigator, Discovery Center of Science & Technology
Mary Stebbins, Co-Principal Investigator, Discovery Center of Science & Technology
Annette Salsbery, Co-Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Kneale, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9155276
Funding Amount: 315492


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Indigenous and Tribal Communities | Low Socioeconomic Status | Urban
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs