City Skies

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, and 7 - 8

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  • “This project prepares neighborhood and community leaders in Philadelphia to use simple but effective observation tools and NASA’s educational web content to help their inner-city Philadelphia neighbors learn about space science and technology and about their city and themselves by knowledgably exploring the sky.

    ˜City Skies ™ promotes STEM literacy by cultivating city-wide and neighborhood-based partnerships that span and integrate informal and formal STEM learning. The diverse organizations that are rooted in and serve Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are squarely at the center of this project. Neighborhood associations, youth clubs, schools, out-of-school-time programs, libraries, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations are ˜hungry for informal educational activities and content to promote the personal, educational, and economic well-being of their constituents (Borun et al, 2011, National Research Council, 2009). ™ ˜City Skies’ aim is to point out that the night sky is available to everyone, everywhere without special equipment.

  • ORGANIZATION/PROGRAM

    Organization Name: The Franklin Institute
    Organization Street Address: 222 N. 20th Street
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Organization Phone Number: 215-448-1200
    Short Description of Organization:

    In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country, and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy. Science and technology have the potential to solve some of the most critical issues of our time, to improve our lives, and to inspire our curiosity about the world around us. Every day The Franklin Institute provides resources that help people to connect with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with learners of all ages and backgrounds. The Institute directly reaches more than 1 million people each year with informal learning experiences that engage students, adults, and families. Though its historic museum is a central learning space, the Institute has evolved to provide people with educational resources in their own neighborhoods through hands-on activities in classrooms, workshops in libraries, community centers, and other settings, and through ways to interact online. Since 1824, The Franklin Institute has pursued its commitment to making these resources available to as many people as possible throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

    Program Street Address: 222 N 20th St
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania
    19103
    Program Phone Number: 215-448-1234
    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

    CONTENT

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

    LOCATION AND SHARING

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

    PARTICIPANTS

    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Less than 2 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?: Groups only
    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.:

    If the community center is able to accommodate the youth, our program is very adaptable to the needs of everyone.

    FEE/FEE STRUCTURE

    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: Other

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