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.
Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time.
The Science Action Club network includes more than 750 out-of-school time programs and serves over 15,000 youth in 17 states annually.
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.
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.
Interested in having your child join Science Action Club? Contact an afterschool site near you.
Learn how Science Action Club enhances high quality interest-driven learning in out-of-school time.
SAC partners with science institutions and educator networks across the county to deliver high quality afterschool programming.
Environmental Literacy Initiative, major funding provided by
The Science Action Club program is also generously supported by Asian Pacific Fund, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, and Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation.