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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

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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.

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.

Family Day at ASPIRA Academy July 11, 2016

Family Day at ASPIRA Academy

Throughout the country, CHISPA partnerships between science/children's museums and Hispanic-serving community-based organizations are providing children and families with hands-on science experiences in afterschool programs, training for parents, and family days at the museum. Watch this video to see what CHISPA looks like in Miami-Dade County. The new Frost Science Museum is under construction, so the Frost team took the Family Day to the ASPIRA Leadership and College Preparatory Academy.

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.

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Frost Science Hosts CHISPA Family Day

Just two weeks after the grand opening of the new Frost Science, the CHISPA team welcomed about 100 children and their families from their CHISPA community partner, Aspira 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.