Professional Learning and Capacity Building for Teachers & OST Facilitators

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

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  • PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS: Through the department of Gender, Adult Learning and Community Engagement, The Franklin Institute partners with Out-of-School Time programs (both afterschool and summer) to provide staff training in the best practices of STEM instruction. We also offer a variety of opportunities for formal educators (individual teachers and district wide partnerships) to learn about current research and apply this experience to the classroom. Group adult learning opportunities may occur on-site or at The Franklin Institute, and individual coaching is offered on content and topics such as curriculum development, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and investigating common science misconceptions. Instructional and program support also includes monthly professional learning opportunities, as well as partnerships to integrate Brain-Based learning strategies into instruction.

    PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS: TFI also provides programs that model effective STEM teaching techniques while directly engaging youth available at OST program sites for a fee. This includes the STEM After 3 program, which exports museum activities (such as squid dissections, K’NEX building challenges and space activities) to partner sites. Up to 40 students in 3rd-8th grade may participate at a time, while their facilitators practice effective techniques for engaging youth.


    Organization Name: The Franklin Institute
    Organization Street Address: 222 N. 20th Street
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Organization Phone Number: 2154481200
    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: 222 N 20th 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):
    • Earth and or Space Science
    • Engineering
    • Environment Science
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): Project-Based Learning
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • Other
    If you chose "other" for the question above then tell us where your program is offered.:

    Programs are offered at The Franklin Institute, but staff are willing to travel with programs to all of Philadelphia county and some surrounding areas.

    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • After school
    • Evening
    • 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.: 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
    • 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?: Do not know


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: Yes
    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, Paid Program, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12
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