Frost Science led this national collaboration, funded by NSF, that included two national Hispanic advocacy organizations, UnidosUS, the ASPIRA Association, and ten other science museums, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Museum of Natural History, California Science Center, Chicago Children’s Museum, Discovery Place, Explora, The Health Museum (Houston), Liberty Science Center, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Science City at Union Station. Strategic objectives were to increase student and family engagement with STEM; build organizational capacity of partner museums and Hispanic-serving community-based organizations; strengthen linkages between science museums and Hispanic-serving community-based organizations, and contribute to the informal science education field. The summative evaluation found that CHISPA served as a catalyst for change in eleven science museums and 30 community-based organizations.

CHISPA provided partner museums and centers with afterschool programming by way of the Frost Science APEX Science curriculum, a set of 32 engaging hands-on science lessons and tool kit materials that we developed with funding from NSF . Instructors lead activities that address life science, energy, environmental science, forces of motion, Earth/space science and processes that shape the Earth. The curriculum, available in both Spanish and English, has been shown to help instructors feel more comfortable teaching science, and therefore leads them to incorporate science into their after-school programs more often. CHISPA has enhanced science learning for thousands of children and their families. To learn more about the project, click here.

View two short videos about the project here:
NSF STEM for All Video Showcase, Presenter’s Choice Award Winner
The CHISPA Journey

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Project Team

Cheryl Juárez

Sr. Director, Professional Development 

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Tony Puig

Website Developer