The Great Grow Along

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12Program Tags: biomedical, Hands-On, In-class, and rodents

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  • The Great Grow Along is a classroom project that brings together the scientific method, biomedical research, and nutrition concepts in a fun and exciting six-week, educational program. Through an animal feeding project, using live lab rats, students witness the effect of nutrition on growth and are challenged to reflect on their own food behaviors. Students also learn the steps of the scientific method; how to set up a valid scientific experiment, collect data, and analyze the results; and how we can learn about our own bodies by studying animals. The project is designed to foster active involvement of students who are challenged to engage in several areas of learning including mathematics, inquiry and decision making, science, and reading and writing. (The animal feeding portion lasts 4 weeks.)


    Organization Name: PA Society for Biomedical Research
    Organization Street Address: PO Box 1163
    Organization City, State, Zip: 17001
    Organization Phone Number: 7177313558
    Short Description of Organization:

    The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science education organization formed in 1990 to foster a better public awareness of the valuable role that biomedical research plays on human and animal health, as well as the necessity for the humane treatment of animals in this discipline. Through a variety of educational materials, programs, and in-class activities, our goal is to educate today’s students so they can become future scientists, engaged citizens, and champions of biomedical research!

    Program Street Address: 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
    Program Phone Number: 7177313558
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Outreach - mobile (you travel to groups of students)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: No


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply): Medicine and or Health
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): Project-Based Learning
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • South Philadelphia
    • Southwest Philadelphia
    • West Philadelphia
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    • Bridesburg-Kensington-Richmond
    • Roxborough-Manayunk
    • Germantown-Chestnut Hill
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    • Near Northeast Philadelphia
    • Far Northeast Philadelphia
    • Other
    If you chose "other" for the question above then tell us where your program is offered.:


    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • During school


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Over 2000 individuals
    How 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 week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • 7th - 8th grade
    • 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 51-75%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groups
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    If participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: No we travel to sites and students.



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12
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