The California Academy of Sciences’ Science Action Club
This year, thousands of middle school kids are investigating their local environment, designing strategies to protect our planet, and using new technology to engage with fellow citizen scientists across the United States. Science Action Club, developed by the California Academy of Sciences, provides exciting, interactive STEM learning experiences for middle schoolers in an after-school and summer-learning setting.
Since its inception in 2011, the program has scaled considerably. In 2016–2017, Science Action Club engaged 16,000 youth and 1,700 educators through 750 clubs and 215 cities in 17 states across the country.
The program features three environmental science units—Bird Scouts, Big Safari, and Cloud Quest—that spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and promote the development of strong STEM identities. Each unit includes 12 activities that take youth outside to connect with nature and contribute to meaningful science research. Educators receive a class set of science tools and supplies, hands-on professional development training, and bonus resources through the SAC Educator Portal.