Discovery Lessons

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Paid Program, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 12, and K-2

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  • Students participate in a fun, in-depth investigation of the natural sciences! Through these interactive classroom experiences, your students will practice important scientific skills, from making observations to designing experiments and interpreting data. Discovery Lessons take place in a museum classroom, with visits to exhibit areas as appropriate.

    All lessons have been developed to meet Educational Standards, including Pennsylvania State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.


    Organization Name: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    Organization Street Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Organization Phone Number: 2152991152
    Short Description of Organization:

    Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

    Program Street Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Program Phone Number: 215-299-1152
    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):
    • Environment Science
    • Zoology
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): No other activities
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): Center City
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply): 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.: Less than 2 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Pre-kindergarten
    • Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 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?: Multi-Racial
    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?: 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.:

    "Museum settings are often challenging to individuals with autism as a result of high noise levels, blinking lights, crowds, lines, and social expectations. Informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning centers offer opportunities to children with autism, many of whom are particularly talented in and interested in STEM (Baron-Cohen, 2001).

    The Academy ™s CAATAlysis project is creating products to support inclusion, encourage deepening engagement with STEM learning in the museum, provide ongoing staff support, and promote STEM programs for autistic children and teens in the community.

    The Academy now offers pre-visit materials for families of children on the spectrum. Materials include specific tools and tactics, such as museum stories, to help plan your visit."


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: Yes
    If participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: Yes
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: No students must provide their own transportation.



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Paid Program, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 12, and K-2
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