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Read about SAC’s award-winning program and the profound impact our clubs have globally.

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We're proud to announce that Science Action Club has won two coveted Brandon Hall Group awards for Excellence in Learning! SAC’s Bird Scouts online training was awarded Gold for Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development and for Best Use of Blended Learning.

Award entries were evaluated by an international panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts, and their executive leadership team. The judging was based on the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

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Testimonials

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Read these quotes from trainers and site leaders to find out how Science Action Club has impacted out-of-school time (OST) programs in the Bay Area and beyond.

"Science Action Club allows kids to actively take on the scientific research process and apply it to their local environment, where they live. It's about giving kids—no matter where they are—access to science." — Director of Alaska Afterschool Network

“Because it was summer, students had the opportunity to spend more time exploring their environment and digging into the curriculum. What started out as moans as groans quickly turned into wows and wonders. It was wonderful to watch the students engage in thought provoking conversations. I would highly recommend Science Action Club to any summer program looking for a fun and educational experience to offer their students.” — Anaheim Family YMCA Program Director

“Students had a blast this summer and learned a lot about arthropods. I really appreciate everything about Bug Safari. There were always enough materials for all students, even for new ones joining later. I’m also grateful the kit provided certificates and other prizes for the students. Thank you so much for making the summer fun and memorable for our students.” — Community Partnership for Youth Activity Leader

“I enjoy that the activities are described in a great amount of detail so that our staff can lead the activities confidently.” — Kennedy Gardens Elementary School Activity Leader

“Running SAC in summer benefits Camp Edmo in so many ways, like not being tied to a school site so you can explore nature trails and provide a more comprehensive experience to campers. It's an easy buy-in for instructors and kids and builds curiosity in both.” — Camp Edmo Curriculum Manager

“I really enjoyed the online training because I can go at my own pace and come back to the videos at any time to review the materials needed for the activities.” — California School Age Consortium Trainer

“I enjoyed how straightforward and easy it is to follow while making things fresh and entertaining for the students. The split between inside and outside work was perfectly estimated where it kept my students fully engaged and ready for the next assignment. With all the materials already provided, it made delivering the overall lesson much easier. This activity allowed the students who were usually shy to participate and engage. I had a student tell me they felt they ‘contributed equally to the scientific process.’ Win-win if you ask me!” — Dingle Elementary School Activity Leader

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Impact and outcomes

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SAC has been transforming the out-of-school time (OST) landscape for nearly 10 years. Our annual evaluations show the high impact of the SAC curriculum:

  • 80% of youth report “being in SAC makes me more curious about science and nature.”
  • 98% of SAC educators report that SAC training “was beneficial for my professional growth.”
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