Science Firsthand is an NSF-sponsored project that provides urban community centers with two unique resources for involving middle school youth with science during out-of-school time.

The first resource is an adult volunteer who becomes one child's "partner in discovery" for once-a-week meetings at the center for a whole year. The teams choose their own areas of investigation, ranging from the way that paper tears, to the insect inhabitants of a burdock burr, to the simple machines hidden inside an old tape recorder.

The second resource is support to the youth-adult teams for doing science firsthand. In Buffalo, NY, that support comes from First Hand Learning, Inc. and a cadre of volunteer, scientist-coaches. In St. Louis, MO, the St. Louis Science Center provides team support and coordinates the involvement of area scientists.

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Science Firsthand Summer 2009 Newsletter

Employment Opportunities

2009 Young Investigators Conference Photos

Science Firsthand Spring 2009 Newsletter

2009 Young Investigators Conference

Science Firsthand September 2008 Newsletter

2008 Young Investigators Conference Photos

2008 Young Investigators Conference

Mentor Check Sheet

Fall 2007 Science Firsthand Newsletter (pdf)

Inquiry Center Inventory (pdf)

Summer 2007 Science Firsthand Newsletter (pdf)

2007 Young Investigators Conference

Press Release

Adult Recruitment Brochure

Mentor Application

Science Firsthand Brochure (pdf, 472k)


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Mentor Resources

Participating Centers:

Ellicott District
Father Belle Center,104 Maryland St, Buffalo, NY 14202,716-843-4023

Lovejoy District
Seneca Street United Methodist Church
1218 Seneca St
Buffalo, NY 14210, 716-825-8745

Fillmore District
T. J. Dulski Center, 129 Lewis St, Buffalo, NY 14206, 716- 847-2860
Polonia Hall
, 385 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212,
Valley Community Center
93 Leddy St, Buffalo, NY 14210

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, 282 Babcock St. Buffalo NY 14210

Private Eye® (Tower Foundation mini-grant)





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