I’m so thankful for this opportunity. I thank you in the name of all the parents here.
If the program has 5 years, I will be here for the 5 years, participating in every session.
Be a Scientist! Mother
Be a Scientist! (BAS) is a five-year longitudinal study, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, where undergraduate engineering students in Los Angeles and New York City teach Family Science courses to underserved families with children in grades one through five.
Iridescent’s partners include University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and the Viterbi School of Engineering, The Cooper Union, Los Angeles Natural History Museum, and New York Hall of Science.
Deliverables include 45 Family Science workshops in LA and NYC that will involve 2,700 participants and 90 engineering students. Curricula for 20 physics-based workshops will be created. Be a Scientist is run at the following locations:
- Norwood Elementary School
- 32nd Street Elementary School
- Vermont Avenue Elementary School
- Frank del Olmo Elementary School
- Plasencia Elementary School
- Synergy Charter School
- Quincy Jones Elementary School
- Western Avenue Elementary School at the Natural History Museum
New York City:
- New York Hall of Science
For more information on our impacts- see the Evaluation page.
A few notes on attendance:
The high number of participants and contact hours for Year 1 resulted from implementing Family Science at a large number of schools–a number that ultimately proved to be too large to effectively deliver the courses.
For the following two years we focused on reaching a more manageable number of schools, and for Year 4, we shared responsibility for recruitment and retention with parent volunteers and school administration which resulted in an increase in participants. Visit the Reach page to learn more about attendance by location.
If you’re curious about how we collect this data, we invite you to learn more about Keytag, the program we developed to track student learning and attendance.