Science Workshops (CSW): Beginning a National Movement is an
innovative project that brings science to socioeconomically
disadvantaged communities. Its efforts target African-American,
Hispanic and Native American children in grades K-8 and their
families. CSWs have demonstrated their ability to serve large
numbers of youth, approximately 50,000 per year in afterschool
programs alone; provide long-term support for participants;
create multi-faceted science-focused programming that serves
youth, parents and teachers in creative and appropriate ways; and
generate sufficient financial resources to become
project supports the development of neighborhood-specific,
small-scale science centers that promote inquiry-based science
learning. Each CSW partners with established museums, community
organizations, and science centers. This successful model began
to take shape in California with a previous award which funded
sites that are still thriving in San Francisco (3), Fresno (2),
Los Angeles (8), Oakland (2), San Jose and Watsonville
Evaluation of the earlier project showed that 43 percent of youth
spent up to 50 hours at a CSW site, while 36percent spent
100-500 hours or more. By the end of the first project, nearly
100,000 youth were participating in CSW activities annually.
national project is designed to disseminate the model across the
United States. For example, new community science workshops have
been established in Washington, DC - Columbia Heights CSW in
partnership with the Latin American Youth Center and the
Smithsonian Institution; Houston, Texas at Edison Middle School
in collaboration with the Children's Museum of Houston and the
Houston Independent School District; New Orleans, La. in
partnership with My House, Inc., the Audubon Zoo, and the New
Orleans Center for Science and Math; and Miami, Fla. in
collaboration with the Citizens for a Better South in Florida.
Additional CSWs are planned for Newark, NJ, Boston, MA, Chicago,
IL and San Juan, PR.
young participants at Coop Elementary School in Houston watch
a battery-powered car race inside the SciencMobile.
participants show their enthusiasm for robots at RP Harris
Elementary School in Houston.