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APEX Science in Action February 13, 2015

APEX Science in Action

The children participating in the after school CHISPA program at Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York City use oil covered feathers to investigate an example of a challenge created when the needs of human populations place the natural environment at risk.

A teacher at Building Skills Partnerships in Los Angeles, California explains the APEX lesson to the students in the CHISPA after school program.

Can crude oil be removed from a feather? The children at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in Chicago, IL. explore how oil spills caused by human activity can harm wildlife.

Birds of A Feather: Children in the after school CHISPA program at Youth Development Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico explore why the structure of a bird's feather has a lot to do with its function. The children determined that some feathers are used for flight, others are used to keep the bird warm.

The children at Diversity Roots and Wings (D.R.A.W.) Academy in Houston , Texas investigate how to use simple building materials to make structures that can withstand a simulated earthquake. This inquiry into building design helps children experience the importance of learning from unsuccessful models, as a way of achieving a successful design.

A student at Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York City is proud of what she has learned about birds during the CHISPA after school program.

 

Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA Workshops February 13, 2015

Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA Workshops

Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA: Parent engagement specialists at Amber Charter in New York City and at PUC Milagro in Los Angeles, California are participating in a series of parent workshops over the course of four to six weeks. These workshops focus on the science curriculum theme that their children are learning about in their afterschool program.

 

CHISPA Training at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University February 10, 2015

CHISPA Training at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

On October 2, 2015, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosted a day long training for the Academy's three CHISPA Program partner schools. The first half of the day was devoted to the Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training and the second half of the day was dedicated to the APEX Science curriculum training. Ten individuals from our three partner schools, Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, Hostos Charter School and Pantoja Charter School, were present at the training sessions.

Jose Rodriguez from NCLR presented the
Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training.

APEX Science training

 

Getting Started with CHISPA @ The Health Museum in Houston September 30, 2014

Getting Started with CHISPA @ The Health Museum in Houston

On September 30, 2014, The Health Museum of Houston hosted NCLR Parent Engagement Specialist Jose L. Rodriguez, who conducted their first Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training. Kathy Drago, Program Manager for Schools and Groups at the Museum, organized the event on behalf of the CHISPA Steering Committee in Houston. In attendance were the after school facilitator and the two parent facilitators from their partner organization, the Diversity Roots and Wings (D.R.A.W.) Academy, as well as Adam Benjamin, Director of Education at the Museum.

The participants took a tour of the hands-on exhibits at the Museum in order to be able to share with other families the resources available to support their children in learning about science.

Prior to hosting the Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA workshop, on September 25th the Health Museum hosted a reception for NCLR Texas Regional meeting. The event gave NCLR Affiliates an opportunity to visit the museum and learn about CHISPA.

 

Parent leaders trying out hands-on science activity to share with other parents.

 

This skeleton is part of an exhibit created by local students.

 

Left to right: Jose Rodriguez (NCLR), Kathy Drago, D.R.A.W. Academy staff, Adam Benjamin

 

Getting Started with CHISPA @ Chicago Children’s Museum September 23, 2014

Getting Started with CHISPA @ Chicago Children’s Museum

On September 23, 2014, Nancy Plaskett, Vice President, Partnerships and Audience Development and Alexandra Pafilis, Director of Early Learning at the Chicago Children's Museum hosted the Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA training for the NCLR Affiliates participating in CHISPA:

 

The participants worked on several activities to help them understand the science connections to the parent engagement components of the CHISPA project.

 

The exhibits at the museum gave the participants ideas about how to work with the resources within their community. For example, during a tour of the museum, participants noticed that the Building Center exhibit aligns perfectly with the Building Structures APEX Science activity.

 

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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.