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CHISPA 2015 National Institute July 10, 2015

CHISPA 2015 National Institute

On July 10 - 11, 2015 in Kansas City MO, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, NCLR and ASPIRA convened the CHISPA National Institute. Funded by the NSF, the project builds on the previous investment of NSF resources in development of the Afterschool Program Exploring Science (APEX) model, developed by the Frost Museum of Science, and expands its reach to provide additional elements that increase family engagement and ensure future sustainability. The CHISPA Institute was held during the two days before the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo® in Kansas City, MO, giving participants and opportunity to come together with the greater Latino community and participate in key events.

The institute was attended by the NCLR and ASPIRA Community Based Organizations that work through 11 regional hubs located at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Museum of Natural History, California Science Center, Chicago Children's Museum, Discovery Place, Explora!, The Health Museum, Liberty Science Center, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Science City at Union Station Kansas City, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.



CHISPA Family Day at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History June 7, 2015

CHISPA Family Day at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

On June 7, 2015 more than 300 children and their families from the Washington, D.C. area participated in the Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool (CHISPA) Family Day organized by the D.C. area CHISPA Steering Commitee and hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Families came from ASPIRA partner LAMB PCS and NCLR partners LAYC and H.O.M.E.

LAYC students and families from Powell Elementary school at the National Museum of Natural History.

The National Museum of Natural History celebrated World Ocean Day on June 7 & 8 providing CHISPA families opportunities to explore ocean science using interactive activities located throughout the museum. Families also attended an underwater musical and watched ocean films.

Click here to read an article about the CHISPA Family Day from the Mexican new agency, Notimex. (en Español)

Learning about marine mammals in the Sant Ocean Hall.

The families enjoyed the underwater musical Honu by the Sea.




CHISPA Science Family Day at Discovery Place June 6, 2015

CHISPA Science Family Day at Discovery Place

On June 6, 2015 more than 60 children and their families from the Oaklawn Language Academy participated the Discovery/Aspira Family Day at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. We were very pleased with the turnout as this was our first event in the CHISPA program. The attendees started out slow, they were probably overwhelmed by the location and all the activities, but soon they put it in overdrive. The kids were super-excited, especially with the activity tables and the making ice cream with liquid nitrogen presentation.

Families were welcomed to the event at the sign-in table.

The children and their parents participated in hands-on science activities

The families enjoyed a live science show.


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."


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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.