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What we do
The Salinas Community Science Workshop puts the tools of science into kids’ hands. At our programs kids are free to use tools and build the projects of their imaginations with a wide range of material. Common projects are woodworking, bicycle repair and modification, basic electronic circuits with hobby motors, lights and speakers, and magnetic toys. A variety of exhibits and specimens are also on display for students to observe and learn from on their own initiative. Garden boxes, planters and animals complete a rich environment in which to explore and discover.
The SCSW was formally established in May 2021 after years of pilot programs in Alisal. The Salinas Union High School District offers the space at El Sausal Middle School. Currently, it is open to after-school programming for students at El Sausal Middle School and school-day programming for surrounding elementary schools. In the near future, we plan to open for the local community of families and students during out-of-school times. It is our vision to expand and serve all children of Alisal and then greater North Monterey County.
The SCSW is a member of the Global Alliance of Community Science Workshops and gets non-profit status through Community Initiatives. SCSW founder and director Curt Gabrielson has nearly 30 years of experience doing informal science education with underserved communities in California and internationally. He founded and directed the Watsonville CSW for 11 years and has also worked in the Greenfield and San Francisco CSWs. He has a degree in physics from MIT and has published several books on hands-on science education.
What we need:
The SCSW is currently in need of supplies and materials as well as funding for both staff and intern positions. Basically, the more staff members and materials we have, the more kids we can serve. Our core program, after-school drop-in, is also our most difficult to find funding for. We plan to use funds received through this campaign to solidify and amplify this program.
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