Our inquiry and project-based approach helps K-8th grade students connect STEM to their lives and builds the confidence of new STEM teachers with model instruction.

Exploration Overview

CityScience Explorations immediately improve after-school STEM programming by providing expert instructors, time-tested curricula, science supplies and field trips that culminate in authentic student projects.

Duration: Explorations are 10 weeks long (summer and break week camps are shorter)

Time Commitment: Instruction is 2 hours a day, meeting once a week

Materials Provided: Durable and consumable supplies for up to 25 students

Curriculum: A complete curriculum and digital teaching materials which you can use in perpetuity

Price: $345 per session

Nothing brings people together like food.  By practicing the arts of cooking and conversations, students prepare and enjoy  seven delicious dishes together.  With STEM tie-ins galore and each dish from a different culture, there is never a shortage of conversation topics.  With the final three weeks to work on their class project, students have held cooking competitions, started gardens, created cookbooks and thrown healthy eating parties.  When K-8th graders want to throw healthy eating parties, you are doing something right!

Light bulbs will go on when students learn the parts of a circuit and explore the central role of electricity in their lives.  Beginners will complete six take-home projects like the Solar Cockroach (above), one week of programing, and have three weeks to design and make their culminating project.  Projects always use the Engineering Design Process and have ranged from writing a green building magazine to mapping carbon footprints to exploring renewable energy to designing remote control cars.

Students and teachers will bug out when they get to host seven living invertebrates in their classroom during the first seven weeks.  Focusing on core concepts like anatomy, behavior, habitats, classification and camaflauge, students become experts in on each 'bug' as they sketch organize their findings in scientific journals. Over the final three weeks, culminating projects  have included vermicompost bins, building models, puppet plays, and testing hypothesis using the scientific method.

Want to Start Exploring?

Registration is open now!  Hold your spot for Winter and Spring, then we will be in touch to start the planning process.

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So you’ve completed your Exploration, what’s next?

After you’ve done an Exploration with CityScience we hope you will try leading one yourself!  We know you can do it once you have picked up tips from the model instruction and experienced the flow of the Exploration!

Wait.  How does this work?

First, click here to let us know you want to lead the program yourself for a 2nd 10 week session.

Then, we clean and replenish all the durable and consumables supplies in your CityScience Kit for a $100 fee.

You can also choose to purchase:

  • a half-day training to refresh your staff
  • coaching visits from and as much assistance as you need

Many of our clients have started with Explorations and grown into long-term partnerships.

If an Exploration or a Partnership is not possible right now, connect to 100s of STEM Learning Opportunities with this map.

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