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Welcome to Open Labs — A fellowship of graduate and professional students devoted to educating and mentoring young scholars, and encouraging them to pursue careers in the sciences. We focus on 6-12th grade students, because this is a crucial time in their development of critical thinking and empirical skills that will propel them towards science careers.
What is an Open Labs Science Café? Open Labs hosts the Café, a series of outreach events, presentations and breakout sessions, featuring bite-sized talks on cutting-edge research. These short presentations are given by Open Labs Graduate Student Fellows and cover a wide variety of scientific fields (Biology, Physics, Sociology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Astronomy, etc.). Through the talks, we place the students in the shoes of a young professional scientist and and help them discover how research is done, and why we choose to devote our lives to it. During Café breakout groups, students interested in pursuing a topic further are led through a guided discussions.
ORGANIZATION/PROGRAMOrganization Name: Penn Open LabsOrganization Street Address: 220 S. 33rd StreetOrganization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19104Organization Phone Number: N/AShort Description of Organization:
A fellowship of graduate and professional students devoted to educating and mentoring young scholars, and encouraging them to pursue careers in the sciences. We focus on 6-12th grade students, because this is a crucial time in their development of critical thinking and empirical skills that will propel them towards science careers.Program Street Address: 220 S 33rd St
19104Which 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?: YesAccepting 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): No other activitiesDoes your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- Computer Science
- Consumer Science
- Earth and or Space Science
- Environment Science
- Medicine and or Health
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West PhiladelphiaWhen does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
- After school
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individualsHow 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 weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 7th - 8th gradeWhich gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
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.*: Do not knowWho can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groupsCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know
- Middle Eastern
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIs transportation to and from your program provided?:
- No students walk to our program.
- No students must provide their own transportation.