Sample Scaling Model Partnerships

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences partners with local and national afterschool networks to engage youth in fun STEM learning experiences. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in Science Action Club (SAC) investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Afterschool staff receive in-depth training on SAC kits, activity guidebooks, and best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment.

The NGCP has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences on the Science Action Club project. Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Throughout this 2-year partnership, the NGCP and California Academy of Sciences collaboration supported:

  • 29 trainers working to instruct and coach educators from Alaska to New York.
  • 580+ Clubs enrolled across 19 states.
  • Thousands of students engaged with hands-on science learning.

By tapping into the NGCP's expansive network of trainers and educators, the NGCP and the California Academy of Sciences continue to get meaningful science learning experiences into the hands of youth across the country.

WGBH Education

The WGBH Education Department researches, creates and distributes media-integrated resources to support healthy development and educational impact for children and youth. They bring together engaging, popular programming with deep insights into child development, educational content and community dynamics. True to their public mission, they have a particular focus on underserved children and the adults who teach and care for them. Many of the educational materials developed at WGBH reside on PBS LearningMedia, a free digital service that supports Pre-K–12 educators and learners with compelling, standards-aligned educational media resources.

The NGCP has partnered with WGBH Education on the Design Squad Global project. Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs are connecting kids ages 10 to 13 in out-of-school-time programs around the world. In DSG Clubs, kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities that tackle real-world issues and they do so by working alongside a DSG club from another country. In the process of sharing their ideas working alongside a DSG club from another country. In the process of sharing their ideas and exchanging feedback with their partner club, children develop the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

During this 3-year partnership, the NGCP and WGBH Education have informed and supported educators in DSG Clubs through:

  • 50+ informational social media posts,
  • Over $5,000 in mini-grants for club implementation, and
  • Content-rich national webinars reaching more than 300 participants.

By promoting across NGCP's national network, WGBH has been able to expand its DSG Club program and offer engaging STEM resources to thousands of youth internationally.