Science Teacher
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to help underserved children in your local community?

Do you have time that you could devote to helping develop a community-based science program?
If so, you many be interested in Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery.

Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery (SF) is an after-school mentoring program for children ranging in age from 10 to 15.

SF brings together supportive adults with inner-city youth to investigate science topics of mutual interest. Mentors work collaboratively with one or several mentees at local community-based organizations (CBOs) that are equipped with simple tools and materials to support exploration and experimentation. The goal is to build enjoyment in science, to develop skills, and to gain confidence in one’s own abilities.

As you probably know, many community-based organizations would like to enrich their after-school science learning opportunities for urban children, but they lack the skills and resources to do so. They would welcome the expertise of teachers to help them to do this. Science Firsthand provides a proven model for giving urban children science-rich experiences in a mentoring environment. The program provides for a laboratory of science materials, management of that laboratory, and mentors made up of local college students and community volunteers.

If you are interested in setting up such a program, contact us, respond to a short survey so that we can learn about your interests and needs, or seek out more information from one of the following sources:

What is a science mentor?

Examine the Science Firsthand Implementation Manual.

Examine the Science Firsthand Manual for College Mentors.

Voices from the Field

The main goals are to get kids interested in science and doing it through hands-on experiments, developing relationships in small groups with the manager, and giving kids choice – ‘What are you interested in, what would you like to try?’

Center Director

This program gives children a chance to ask their own questions and to find an answer.
Center Director

Kids love it. We did a survey last year, 100% of kids enjoyed it [even those] I never thought would be interested in science… There’s not as much time spent on science and social studies, it’s not a priority in Buffalo because of the emphasis on standardized tests. This fills the void.
Center Director