California Academy of Sciences educates their network of after-school program leaders with Science Action Club
Adapt leadership training and messaging for a growing program
Founded by the California Academy of Science, Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide out-of-school (OST) education program that leverages citizen science to address science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning goals to the next generation of critical thinkers and environmental stewards. To succeed at this goal, educators and activity leaders must be empowered to take students outdoors to investigate nature, contribute to authentic science research, and design strategies to protect the planet.
SAC originally trained activity leaders directly through in-person workshops, but as the program scaled up, there was an increasing need for consistent messaging and resources. It was clear that materials needed to be created so every educator who wanted to participate in the program could follow standardized activities with best practices for addressing STEM learning goals with youth members.