Communities of Learning for Urban Environments and Science (CLUES) is a 5-year program that focuses on teaching science to families in communities of the Philadelphia-Camden region. It is a collaboration between the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and ten Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

The CBOs, our diverse community partners, include the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, LEAP Academy Charter School, the Indochinese American Council, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Folk Arts Cultural Treasures (FACTS) Charter School, Imani Education Circle Charter School, Falomi Club/Camp Fire USA, Youth Service, Inc., and Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Inc. This project builds upon the previous work of Philadelphia-Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC) and its Community Ambassadors for Science Exploration (CASE) program.
The goals of the CLUES project include:
  • recruiting and training a corps of teen and adult science presenters
  • a set of hands-on learning experiences for families of varied ages and backgrounds
  • a regional network of museum-community collaboration
  • integration of community and museum resources through joint programming
  • and a longitudinal research study of program impacts

For those who attended our 2014 ASTC session in Raleigh, here is a copy of the presentation, along with the Apprentice Position Description and Application:

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