LEAP Into Science

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, and K-2

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  • LEAP into Science began in 2007 as a museum-library partnership between The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and it is now in 10 additional cities nationwide. The program is designed to build the capacity of OST providers to engage underserved children and families in STEM and literacy learning by connecting hands-on science activities with children ™s books. This program prepares OST educators to cultivate engagement and interest in STEM prior to the crucial middle school years, when many learners make choices that powerfully shape their readiness to pursue STEM in high school and college. The program consists of evidence-based curriculum resources for children in preschool through 5th grade, as well as high-quality professional development resources to enrich the capabilities of a wide range of educators to engage children and families in STEM and literacy learning. LEAP into Science is now completing its eighth year with the support of three federal grants, two from the National Science Foundation and one from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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

    Founded in honor of America ™s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake.

    Program Street Address: 1901 Vine St
    Program Phone Number: 215-448-1200
    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):
    • Engineering
    • Environment Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Sports Science
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): Literacy
    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.:

    The program is offered throughout the Free Library's 52 branches and in 10 additional sites nationwide.

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


    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.: Less than 2 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 6th 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.*: 76-100%
    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.:

    The program is a hands-on informal program with read aloud components and a program also supporting families working together. The program and skill levels are variable and flexible.


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



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, and K-2
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