Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool (CHISPA)

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Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool (CHISPA, or “spark” in English) is a broad implementation project supported by the National Science Foundation. Partners in this national collaboration, including UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the ASPIRA Association, a network of eleven science and children’s museums, and over 25 Hispanic community-based organizations located in cities throughout the U.S., have been working together to increase the engagement of Hispanic children and their families with science and local science resources. Key components include PD for, and implementation of, APEX Science, a hands-on science curriculum for K-5 afterschool programs, available in English and Spanish, a series of Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA family engagement workshops, also in English and Spanish, and special family science events at the science/children’s museums.

In this video you will learn about CHISPA from representatives of the project leadership team, museums, community-based organizations, parents and children. In spite of the challenges, CHISPA has served as a catalyst for change:

  • children are doing more hands-on science in afterschool programs in English and Spanish
  • parents are learning how to support their children’s STEM experiences
  • museums are building relationships with their local Hispanic community
  • families are getting to know their local science museums as an educational resource

The project’s accomplishments were acknowledged by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in September 2015 when CHISPA was named a “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education.”

The project has some additional videos on YouTube.

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