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Science Action Club makes it easy and fun to lead hands-on STEM in out-of-school time—no experience necessary! Through games, projects, and exciting investigations, Science Action Club inspires youth to explore nature, contribute to authentic citizen science research, and design strategies to protect the planet.

From Anchorage to Albany, over 62,000 youth and educators in more than 400 cities and towns have participated in Science Action Club since 2011. Join the growing SAC network today!

What’s Included

Bug Safari Kit

Designed for middle school youth in out-of-school time, Science Action Club features high quality staff training and science kits that inspire wonder for the natural world. Available in English and bilingual English/Spanish, each kit includes:

  • 12 activities and bonus resources for 60-90 minute club sessions
  • Science tools and supplies for 20 youth in grades 5-8
  • Interactive, self-paced, online training for program staff
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Bug Safari

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Bug Safari explores small creatures with big environmental impacts. On local field expeditions, youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and post photographs to iNaturalist—a citizen science project and online social network for nature research. Working with scientists and other students, youth identify arthropod species and document habitat conditions that influence our planet’s health.

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Bird Scouts

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Bird Scouts explores feathers, flight, and the features that make birds unique. Using tools and technology, youth identify local species and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. The checklists youth submit to eBird—a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology—help scientists track changes in bird distribution and abundance across the globe.

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Cloud Quest

Cloud Quest

Cloud Quest explores the impact of clouds on weather and climate. Using the GLOBE Observer citizen science platform, youth identify sky conditions and report their discoveries to NASA. Researchers map these observations against satellite image data to study how clouds influence the flow of energy through Earth’s atmosphere.

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Training for Program Staff

SAC Trainer using online training

SAC guidebook instructions are designed to be clear and easy to follow, but leading activities with youth takes practice and preparation. That’s why all participating programs receive access to SAC online trainings. Relevant, interactive, and fun, the trainings provide important background information, teaching tips, step-by-step guidance for all 12 activities, and recommendations for how to extend and deepen the learning experience. Available for computers and mobile devices, SAC online trainings can be completed at your own pace, and on your own schedule. For even more hands-on practice and support, contact us to request a customized in-person training workshop.

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Award-Winning Program

Science Action Club has won two coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold awards for excellence in learning, one for Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development and another for Best Use of Blended Learning.

2019 Gold Award for Excellence in Learning from the Brandon Hall Group
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We Thank Our Donors
Pisces Foundation, Genentech, and the Simons Foundation all sponsor Science Action Club.

The Science Action Club program is generously supported by the Pisces Foundation; Genentech; Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation; and Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation.