EDC, Tufts Students to Expand Chicago Afterschool Science in Cambridge

In spring 2012, a National Science Foundation Informal Science Education project led by Bryan Wunar, Exploring Trees and Ponds, will expand to two new afterschool program sites in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently under way in three afterschool programs in Chicago, the project helps informal science educators engage youth ages 10-14 in long-term observations of natural objects and use of digital photography to document changes.

Through a partnership with Breakthrough Cambridge, a nonprofit that uses an early intervention model to open the door to college for at-risk middle school youth, undergraduate students from Tufts University will be trained to lead weekly afterschool science programs using the Exploring Trees and Ponds curriculum resources. Youth participants in the Cambridge programs will observe and analyze changes in flowering trees throughout the spring and share the images of their findings online. Wunar and his team will use findings from the Cambridge sites—feedback from undergraduate facilitators, site leaders, and students—to revise the curriculum resources and website.

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Last Updated: February 2012