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CHISPA at El Sol Science and Arts  Academy April 18, 2016

CHISPA at El Sol Science and Arts Academy

Learn how CHISPA has made a difference at El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana California. Watch the video to hear the story about CHISPA implementation at El Sol Academy.

White House Invites Frost Science to a Google+ Hangout on STEM Education March 16, 2016

White House Invites Frost Science to a Google+ Hangout on STEM Education

On March 16, 2016, Frost Science and our CHISPA partner, ASPIRA K-8 Academy were invited to participate in a national Google+ Hangout on STEM Education organized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The interactive online session provided an opportunity to talk about CHISPA, which was named by the White House as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education earlier this year, and hear from seven other Bright Spots from across the nation who are also helping to close the achievement gap for Hispanic students.

Read more about the Google+ Hangout on the Frost Science Blog.

CHISPA Family Day at the National Museum of Natural History March 12, 2016

CHISPA Family Day at the National Museum of Natural History

Over 70 students from LAMB PCS and the Latin American Youth Center and their parents helped kick off the Second Annual CHISPA Family Day on Saturday, March 12 at NMNH.

The event featured highly interactive activities and interactions designed to introduce Latino children and their families to the museum and boost their engagement in the STEM disciplines. Three bilingual experts from NMNH shared their research on topics ranging from bi-valve genomics and invertebrates under a microscope to the linguistic diversity of Latin America. In Sant Ocean Hall, kids made jewelry out of marine debris, participated in a magic show and tried out different hands-on activities about the ocean and its resources. Q?rius Jr. was transformed into a vibrant construction zone, where CHISPA visitors got to explore the natural world through engineering challenges. Kids created durable bird’s nests, built structures that could survive tornados, constructed spider webs, and more.

“CHISPA Family Day is a great opportunity for young Latinos to dive into natural history and get excited about science,” said Shari Werb, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at NMNH. “Many of these families are visiting our museum for the first time, and it’s a great privilege to welcome them.”

White House Bright Spots February 25, 2016

White House Bright Spots "Cafecito" at Frost Science

On February 25, Frost Science hosted a "cafecito" reception to recognize Miami’s local leaders for their commitment to expanding and supporting educational outcomes and opportunities for Hispanic students. The event was led by Maria Pastrana Lujan, Senior Advisor for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Ginette Magaña, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. The event included representatives from Ana G. Mendez University, ASPIRA of Florida, Florida International University, Frost Science, Miami Dade College, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Gillian Thomas, Laird Kramer, Maria Pastrana, Alina Parbtani, Leanne Wells, Lisette Rodriguez, Julietta Riveron-Bello, George Cabrera, Jessyca Perez, Ginette Magaña, Daniel Betancourt, Yanely Cordero, Marisol Diaz, Cheryl Lani Juarez, Isabel Leeder

September 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. To commemorate this historic occasion, the Initiative announced over 230 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education and 150 Commitments to Action across the country. The Museum's Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool (CHISPA) project was selected as a Bright Spot. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CHISPA is a national collaboration between Frost Science, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the ASPIRA Association, and a network of ten other science museums located in cities with growing Latino populations, working together to build stronger communities and increase the engagement of Hispanic children and their families with science and local science resources.

George Cabrera, Julietta Riveron-Bello, Isabel Leeder, Cheryl Lani Juarez, Maria Pastrana, Ginette Magaña, Gillian Thomas

View Univision coverage of the White House Bright Spots "Cafecito" here.

Read more on the Frost Science blog.

 

APEX Science at Oaklawn Language Academy January 22, 2016

APEX Science at Oaklawn Language Academy

Students from the Oaklawn Language Academy in Charlotte North Carolina participated in APEX Science hands-on activities investigating the characteristics of different types of birds.

 

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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 pr...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.