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  • Youth with binoculars
  • Activity Leader Training
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Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time.

What We Do

The Academy partners with local and national afterschool networks to engage youth in fun STEM learning experiences. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in 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.

Our Reach
SAC National Map Spring 2017

The Science Action Club network includes more than 750 out-of-school time programs and serves over 15,000 youth in 17 states annually.

Our Program
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We provide online and in-person training for afterschool staff, plus two environmental science units for grades 5-8. Each unit includes lesson plans for 12 hands-on activities and a teaching kit with tools and supplies for 20 youth.

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To join the SAC network, afterschool providers must:

  • Ensure two or more staff participate in SAC online and in-person trainings.
  • Recruit 15-20 youth in grades 5-8 and maintain high attendance.
  • Provide reliable Internet access and at least one mobile device.
  • ​Track attendance and support program evaluation.


Bird Scouts
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Bird Scouts explores feathers, flight, and the features that make birds unique. Using tools and technology, youth identify local species and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. The checklists youth submit to eBird—a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology—help scientists track changes in bird distribution and abundance across the globe.

Explore sample activities from this unit below.

Bug Safari
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Bug Safari explores small creatures with big environmental impacts. On local field expeditions, youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and post photographs to iNaturalist—a citizen science project and online social network for nature research. Working with scientists and other students, youth identify arthropod species and document habitat conditions that influence our planet’s health.

Explore sample activities from this unit below.

Cloud Quest
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Cloud Quest explores the impact of clouds on weather and climate. Using the GLOBE Observer citizen science platform, youth identify sky conditions and report their discoveries to NASA. Researchers map these observations against satellite image data to study how clouds influence the flow of energy through Earth’s atmosphere.

Explore sample activities from this unit below.

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