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Community Science Partnerships

“I used to hate teaching science but now thanks to the learning community I am more confident about my teaching as a whole.” –Participant in Learning Community

"[The training was] extremely helpful, I don’t think I would have been able to lead the lessons as well without the training. I felt much more comfortable and confident with all the tools I learned there." - Participant in Summer Science

Oakland After-school Science Learning Community

Since 2010, Techbridge has partnered with the Oakland Unified School District’s Afterschool Programs Office to develop the capacity of after-school staff to lead hands-on science and engineering activities with elementary school youth.  Techbridge provides after-school staff with hands-on curriculum and professional development around best practices to engage youth in science and engineering. Now in its third year, over 70 after-school staff have participated in the Learning Community, giving over 1,500 Oakland youth access to science and engineering programming. The project has shown evidence of increasing confidence and STEM teaching knowledge among after-school staff.

Evaluation Highlights:

  • 91% of after-school staff were confident in their abilities to engage youth in science after being part of the Science Learning Community compared to 8% before trainings.
  • 72% of youth were more excited about science because of their after-school science program.

San Francisco STEM Learning Community

In fall 2013, Techbridge launched the San Francisco STEM Learning Community in partnership with San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Techbridge is working with fifty after-school line staff, site coordinators, and directors to build their capacity to lead after-school STEM programs for elementary and middle school youth in San Francisco. Through this project, after-school partners receive curriculum, in-person trainings, and coaching around best practices in informal STEM education.

Summer Science Project

The Summer Science Project is a partnership between Techbridge, the Partnership for Children and Youth, Oakland Unified School District's Family, School & Community Partnerships Office, Mount Diablo Unified School District's C.A.R.E.S. After-School Programs Office, and Catholic Charities who run Franklin McKinley Unified School District’s summer programs in San Jose. Since the 2012 pilot year, Techbridge has provided curriculum and professional development to over a hundred summer staff in the cities of Oakland, Concord, and San Jose to equip them to lead hands-on science activities to nearly 1,500 elementary school students. In the first two years of the project, youth had the opportunity to learn about energy conservation and how it applies to their local community.

Evaluation Highlights:

  • 96% of summer staff were confident in their ability to teach science upon completion of Techbridge trainings compared to 54% before trainings.
  • Over 87% of youth found science more interesting and fun after participating in Summer Science programs.

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