Last day to apply is September 25th

Looking for Afterschool Science Trainers !

Exciting news! Applications due September 25th!

NJSACC’s Executive Director , Diane Genco  and Chad Ripberger, County 4-H Agent of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County  are serving as the state leaders  for New Jersey’s involvement (one of eight states) in a three-year project recently funded by
The National Science Foundation (NSF).
The eight states involved are California, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Taking NPASS (National Partnerships for After School Science) to Scale: Creating State-based Professional Development Networks for Out-of-School Time (OST) Science.
September 2009-August 2012

At the national level, the project is led by the Center for Science Education at EDC, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST).

Our primary goal is to extensively train 10-12 professionals to serve as OST Science Trainers for afterschool providers throughout the state.

Levels of Project

1.    EDC and Boston Children’s Museum provide two three-day Out-of-School Science Trainer Institutes per year in NJ for a cohort of 10-12 professionals selected to be OST science trainers for the three-year project.These trainings will combine hands-on experience (selected projects) with pedagogical training in informal science learning, youth development, and the logistics of working with OST sites.
These trainings will be based in NJ (and possibly MD)

2.    Each OST science trainer recruits five OST organizations (afterschool providers ) to participate in the project.
It could be one organization with five sites – doesn’t need to be five unique providers.

Each science trainer provides six workshops per year for designated staff from their five collaborating afterschool providers.  Each training introduces a new curriculum project.  Activity kits and curriculum guides are provided to each of the five sites.

(A letter of agreement will be provided for the trainers to use with their collaborating afterschool providers.
Activity kits will be created at the state level and provided to the science trainers for use in their workshops and for distribution to their sites.)

3.    Each trained afterschool staff provides hands-on science programming once a week for a consistent group of children/youth (7-14 years old).  The science trainer visits each of their five sites twice (each year) during activity time to provide constructive feedback to the staff facilitator and complete a site visit report to submit to the state leader.

4.    Each science trainer participates in state team conference calls as appropriate, utilizes and posts to the project website, and assists with all evaluation efforts (periodic print or web-based surveys and personal interviews).

What do the 10-12 professionals selected to be OST Science Trainers receive?

Semi-annual three-day Science Trainer Institutes from the Center for Science Education at EDC and the Boston Children’s Museum.
All travel and meal costs related to your participation will also be provided.

All curriculum guides and activity kits for yourself as a trainer and for your five collaborating afterschool sites will be provided – at no cost to you.

A $100 stipend for each of the six workshops you provide each year of the project.
Additional support may be generated through fees collected from your five collaborating afterschool providers.

The opportunity to expand your OST science knowledge and skills, practice and enhance your training skills, connect with local afterschool providers, and improve the capacity of frontline staff to deliver high quality science programming – ultimately impacting children and youth. (priceless).

How do you apply?

We are hoping for a mix of professionals from statewide OST organizations, organizations who support afterschool providers, and large providers with staff designated to support multiple sites through training and programming efforts.

If you, or your organization is interested in the opportunity to be one of the 10-12 OST Science Trainers for this project
email of interest is due by September 25th, 2009.

Questions and or interest email (please include include your name, position, organization, and contact information) to:

Chad Ripberger @

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