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CHISPA Family Day at Liberty Science Center May 23, 2015

CHISPA Family Day at Liberty Science Center

On May 23rd, more than 90 students and their families from Luis Munoz Marin School for Social Justice had the opportunity to participate in the CHISPA Liberty Science Center/ASPIRA Family Day at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. It was an amazing turnout, especially for the first year of the CHISPA Initiative.

The students and their families had the chance to try out the various lab experiments located on the exhibition floors as the labs were reserved for them the entire morning. Fifteen students who demonstrated outstanding behavior during the afterschool program were rewarded with a chance to try out The Curtain Wall Test in the Skyscraper Exhibition; or as many guests call it, "The Hurricane Simulator".

The fifteen lucky (or unlucky) students who braved the Curtain Wall Test in their ponchos and goggles.

Students participate in a mock lab test to figure out which patient had the antibodies against a virus.

The students were very excited about what the museum had to offer and were amazed by the Walk the Steel Beam experience as well as the recently installed Infinity Climber.

Students who were not afraid of heights bravely ventured into the Infinity Climber.

A student walks with super speed across the steel beam.


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words May 20, 2015

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The excitement on the faces of the kindergarten students at ASPIRA’s Leadership and College Preparatory Academy is priceless! Students participated in hands-on activities investigating the physical properties of different types of materials.

Below the students are implementing math concepts such as classification. Although they may not always get it exactly right, it is wise to remember the words of Thomas Edison, "I did not fail. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it doesn’t work."


CHISPA Science Family Day at the California Science Center May 3, 2015

CHISPA Science Family Day at the California Science Center

On May 3rd 2015, 491 children and their families came to the California Science Center for a CHISPA Family Science Day. Families came from the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Building Skills Partnership,New Economics for Women, Para Los Niños, Youth Policy Institute, Milagro Charter Elementary School, El Sol Science & Arts Academy.

A popular exhibit with the families was the Space Shuttle Endeavour. For many of them this was their first time seeing the shuttle up close and in person. They expressed awe and excitement of this engineering marvel and wondered how something so big could go back and forth to space 25 times. Many children said seeing the Endeavour inspired them to explore space in the future.

Another popular exhibit was the Touch Tank in Ecosystems. In this exhibit families were able to touch live sea stars and sea cucumbers. They also participated in a live interactive dive show with a diver in a kelp tank and learned about the environment and species off the coast of California.

Many of the children had been to the California Science Center before, but for many of the parents it was their first time here. They were surprised by many of the exhibits and asked just as many, if not more, questions than their children. It truly was a family learning experience.

In addition to the big exhibits, the California Science Center provided several hands-on activities and carts throughout the day. There was plenty of activity for the families and all had a great time.

One of the families from the Building Skills Partnerships was interviewed by a reporter from newspaper LaOpinión about their visit to the California Science Center. You can read the interview here.


CHISPA Science Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science April 19, 2015

CHISPA Science Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

On Sunday April 19, 2015, children and families from the ASPIRA Leadership and College Preparatory Academy participated in a CHISPA Family Day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Frost Science CHISPA Family Day Flyer

Frost Science CHISPA Family Day Agenda

Isabel Leeder, CHISPA Project Director, welcomes families to the Family Day event.

Julietta Riveron-Bello, Program Director, and Syrana Parker, Science Coordinator, learn about fossils during Family Day.

Children investigate sea stars in a Sea Lab touch tank .



DC Area CHISPA Steering Committee Meeting April 16, 2015

DC Area CHISPA Steering Committee Meeting

The second DC area CHISPA Steering Committee meeting was held on April 16, 2015. In attendance were Matthew Eisenstadt (ASPIRA), Luis Burgado (HOME), members from LAMB and LAYC, and Elio Cruz and Gail Robertson from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Attendees reviewed the feedback of the APEX Science curriculum and found that overall it has proven to work quite well for the CBOs. It was also well received by the parents and students.

Also discussed were dates for site visits that the Smithsonian is planning to the three CBOs mentioned above. The CHISPA Family Day event is planned for Sunday, June 7, 2015, which is World Ocean Day. The Family Day event will take place from 2-5 pm.

Attendees discussed an implementation plan for Y1/Y2 and scheduled some prospective dates for next year's Steering Committee Meetings, Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training, and training for Afterschool Science Activity Leaders.

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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.