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  • ACES+ is a second, subsidiary program of ACES. Twice a year, a small team of undergraduate and graduate students from various Philadelphia universities visits Olney Elementary School. Two teams of 5-6 students take over the 5th and 6th grade science classrooms, and run a laboratory class. By the end of the day, every student in the 5th and 6th grades participate in a full-length laboratory class exploring concepts included in the national Next Generation Science Standards. Students receive a take-home activity, homework assignment, and a souvenir of the experiment.


    Organization Name: Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES)
    Organization Street Address: n/a
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA, 19104
    Organization Phone Number: 9733492265
    Short Description of Organization:

    The mission of Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES) is to enable the active scientific exploration of the young people in our local community. Our goals are three-fold: excite young girls and boys about science through an active learning environment, provide access to laboratory sciences to populations that do not ordinarily have access to them, and to promote the advancement of STEM education and career paths. ACES focuses on children in 3rd grade through 8th. Kids have an opportunity to interact with real scientists (our graduate student volunteers). Our main programming happens twice a year and brings children to Penn's campus, where they participate in 4 different interactive science experiments over the course of an afternoon. Each experiment is planned by graduate students and staffed by a team of student volunteers. Additionally, each child receives a certificate of participation (including a concept/skills list), a lab notebook that includes take-home versions of each of the activities for continuing learning, and souvenirs from most experiments.

    Program Street Address: 231 S 34th St
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    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):
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and or Space Science
    • Engineering
    • Environment Science
    • Physics
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
    • Project-Based Learning
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • West Philadelphia
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • During school
    • Weekend


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 501-1000 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):
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 7th - 8th 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.*: Do not know
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groups
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Yes (please explain)
    If you chose "yes" for the question above, please explain how you are able to accommodate youth with special needs.:

    Students with special needs are welcome to participate, though we ask that a parent or guardian stay with the child to assist them in performing the experiments.


    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?: Other



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12
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