Search CHISPAnet

SHOWCASE

CHISPA Family Day Events in Deming and Tularosa New Mexico November 29, 2017

CHISPA Family Day Events in Deming and Tularosa New Mexico

Tularosa and Deming are small towns located about three hours from Albuquerque, NM, where CHISPA partner Explora is located. They are two of the communities served by CHISPA partner HELP NM. That’s a long drive for families to get to a science center, so Explora and HELP NM worked together to plan and host two remarkable CHISPA Family Science events on November 29 in Tularosa and on November 30, 2017 in Deming.

In Tularosa, the Explora team, led by Andres Barrera Guerrero, took several exhibits and activities for the event, and worked with Maria Farias, HELP NM staff member, to welcome 62 children and parents to spend an afternoon exploring science. Pizza and snacks were enjoyed by all.

CHISPA Family Science Day in Tularosa, NM

Andres Barrera Guerrero, Explora, and Maria Farias, HELP NM, prepare for Family Science Day

The next day the Explora team went to Deming, and 69 children and their families spent the afternoon together investigating and engaging in STEM. Crystal Pena, HELP NM Area Coordinator and CHISPA lead CBO partner, provided door prizes, and she and her team cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for everybody.

Deming Mayor Benny Jasso and Crystal Pena were the featured speakers, inspiring families to support their kids dreams and to convert small events in great opportunities for learning and progress. Crystal shared the joy she felt at seeing families working together with Explora and supporting CHISPA, and Mayor Benny encouraged the attendees to challenge themselves to reach their goals.

(from left to right)
Sebastian Camacho: Family community engagement specialist, Andres Barrera Guerrero: CHISPA and Explora educator, Crystal Pena: CHISPA CBO and HELPNM Area coordinator, Mayor Benny Jasso, Deming, NM, Dolores Lopez

Family Science activity in Deming, NM

Family Science activity in Deming, NM

 

 

CHISPA video debuts at National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) National Conference March 30, 2017

CHISPA video debuts at National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) National Conference

CHISPA museums and their community-based partners are working together to bring hands-on science to children in afterschool programs – and their families! Noting the innovative and national approach, NSTA TV selected CHISPA as one of eight projects that were presented at the NSTA National Conference, held in Los Angeles March 30 to April 2, 2017.

The NSTA TV video team created a five-minute video that features interviews with project leadership team, the NSF program officer, CBO afterschool activity leaders and administrators, museum educators, and of course, ours stars – the children and their parents!

Please take a few minutes to find out more about what the CHISPA communities have been doing!

 

APEX Science Workshop at Science City September 21, 2016

APEX Science Workshop at Science City

On September 21, 2016, Science City in Kansas City, Missouri conducted a CHISPA APEX Science training workshop for afterschool program facilitators. Training activities included a curriculum overview, investigation of activity materials, and then participants did the Ecosystem on a String activity from the You Are What You Eat unit.

APEX Science curriculum training with Guadalupe Center afterschool facilitators at Science City.

 

CHISPA National Institute - 2016 September 8, 2016

CHISPA National Institute - 2016

The CHISPA Professional Development National Institute brought together representatives from 11 science and children’s museums, and 29 community-based affiliate organizations of the National Council of La Raza and the Aspira Association. The event took place September 8-9, 2016, and was hosted by one of our CHISPA partners, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The institute objectives were to:

  • strengthen ties with the national network
  • share implementation challenges/strategies
  • consider culturally responsive strategies to implement locally
  • review evaluation findings and plan for final year of implementation
  • think about/plan for sustainability

Presentations by invited guests included:

  • Building a National Presence for Latinos in STEM, by Eduardo Díaz, Executive Director, Smithsonian Latino Center and Emily Key, Education Program Manager, Smithsonian Latino Center
  • A Perspective from the National Science Foundation, by Dr. Robert Russell, Program Officer
  • Full STEM Ahead! Resources to Build Long-lasting and Sustainable Relationships that Support STEM in Afterschool, by Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, VP, STEM Policy, Afterschool Alliance, CHISPA Advisor (click here to download)
  • Principles for Building Long-lasting and Sustainable Relationships that Support STEM in Afterschool, by Ms. Laura Huerta Migus, President, Association of Children’s Museums, CHISPA Advisor (click here to download)
  • Building Smithsonian Affiliations Partnerships, by Alma Douglas, National Outreach Manager, Smithsonian Affiliations

Click below to download additional resources:

 

CHISPA Featured at NCLR Summer Institutes July 20, 2016

CHISPA Featured at NCLR Summer Institutes

CHISPA was among the NCLR education programs spotlighted at the NCLR Summer Institutes held on June 21-31, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. You can read about the NCLR Summer Institutes here.

Also in June 2016, NCLR welcomed its new cohort of CHISPA 2.0 educators to Fort Worth, Texas, for a three days of STEM workshops. Participants were introduced to the APEX (Afterschool Program Exploring Science) Science curriculum and the Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA program. Learn more about the NCLR CHISPA 2.0 workshops here.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Next Last

Showcase Categories

Showcase
CHISPA Family Day Events in Deming and Tularosa New Mexico

Tularosa and Deming are small towns located about three hours from Albuquerque, NM, where CHISPA partner Explora is located. They are two of the communities served by CHISPA partner H...Read More

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), under Grant No. DRL-1323516. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.