Equal parts Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, FirstHand’s mission is to provide Philadelphia’s curious minds access to the knowledge and resources of the University City Science Center. By fueling discovery and exploration with interactive programming, we are opening the doors for the minds of tomorrow.
ORGANIZATION/PROGRAMOrganization Name: University Science City Center - FirstHandOrganization Street Address: 3711 Market St. #800Organization City, State, Zip: PhiladelphiaOrganization Phone Number: 2159666000Short Description of Organization:
This isn’t your typical science class. At FirstHand, an educational initiative at the University City Science Center, classroom lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and real-life lab environments. By adding the Arts to the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, FirstHand provides a gateway to creative, design-based applications of science and technology. Students learn what it means to experiment and determine things firsthand alongside scientists and educators. As a result, they gain personal experiences that allow them to fully grasp the power of STEM subjects and get excited about how to apply the subjects in their own lives.
There’s nothing more impactful for a student than hands-on experience. Through interactive programming, students design experiments, test hypotheses and work toward final projects to share with the community. Programs are supplemented with mentorships from the Science Center’s resident companies, where students learn about and experience real-life STEM entrepreneurship in real-world applications. For educators who are interested in bringing this inquiry-based learning into their classroom, we also provide the opportunity to join workshops and trainings on integrating STEAM practices into everyday education.
Serving Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers, professionals and families from their communities, FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines for students to explore and cultivate throughout their lives. By giving students the opportunity to ask more questions, create new solutions and explore science firsthand, we’re opening the doors for the minds of tomorrow.Program Street Address: 3711 Market St
19104Program Phone Number: 2159666000Which one best describes your organization?: Non-ProfitWhich one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: NoAccepting Mentors: No
CONTENTIs STEM the "core" of your program?: YesWhich type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
- Environment Science
- Medicine and or Health
- STEAM (STEM with Art)
Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- Project-Based Learning
- Workforce Development
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West PhiladelphiaWhen does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
- During school
- After school
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 501-1000 individualsHow many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Between 2 and 5 hours per weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
- 3rd - 6th grade
- 7th - 8th grade
- 9th -12th grade
Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
- Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%Who can participate in your STEM program?: Groups onlyCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: No
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIs transportation to and from your program provided?: Yes we give students tokens.