After-school Enrichment

AfterSchool KidzScience

What is AfterSchool KidzScience?

AfterSchool KidzScience offers a rich environment for children in grades 3–5 to investigate freely and creatively. This inquiry-based science program is divided into several areas of science—green, life, physical, forensic, and Earth and space—and each area offers an activity kit that includes instructions and materials. The sessions are engaging and easy to lead. They excite children about science, build science knowledge and inquiry abilities, and help children learn important cooperation and teamwork skills. The program includes

  • fun and flexible 45-minute sessions that inspire inquiry
  • lots of support for the leader
  • materials for up to 20 children
  • activities that build on one another

Designed specifically for out-of-school time, this program helps children develop a deep understanding of key scientific concepts. AfterSchool KidzScience works equally well as enrichment during the school day or as a summer school program.

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Support for the Leader

AfterSchool KidzScience is designed for the leader to be a “guide on the side,” rather than a formal teacher or science expert. By watching what the kids do and asking questions, the leader helps them follow their natural curiosity. By encouraging the kids to help each other and share ideas and materials, leaders help them gain important social skills. Everything the leader needs for each session is included. Refill kits are also available for materials that may get used up, lost, or broken during the course of the sessions.

Every kit also contains a DVD of short video clips divided into two sections: How-to videos and Leader Tips videos. Every kit has one specific How-to video clip that typically highlights

  • what to expect in that kit’s sessions
  • how to explain the main science learning goal
  • how to prepare, use, or clean up the materials in selected activities

Leader Tips videos share valuable strategies for guiding and managing children in all after-school science activities and other hands-on activities. Leaders can choose to watch these clips individually or with other staff members as part of professional development.

The video clips are designed to support leaders; they are not intended for the children to view. How-to videos do not present every activity in the kit, and are not intended as a substitute for the session guides. All of the video clips—the How-to videos and the Leader Tips videos—help after-school leaders quickly gain valuable techniques to engage children in hands-on activities. You can view these clips here.

Extending In-school Science Instruction

KidzScience is aligned with National Science Education Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as many state standards (see all the available correlations here). Activities can complement instruction from existing in-school science curricula and support STEM initiatives.

Fun, Flexible Sessions That Build Understanding

Each kit includes instructions and materials for four sessions—each building upon one another, though they can also stand alone to accommodate flexible attendance. They’ve been created to

  • excite children about science
  • build science knowledge and inquiry ability
  • help children learn important cooperation and teamwork skills

Working Together

Drawing from the collaboration exhibited by real-world scientists, the AfterSchool KidzScience program includes activities that emphasize teamwork and community and help build positive relationships as children work together.

Professional Learning

A free, interactive online course is available at See how experienced leaders use the AfterSchool KidzLit program with their kids while getting an in-depth introduction to the program. This course has been tested by leaders all over the United States and was developed with the unique needs of out-of-school leaders in mind. It provides excellent training for new leaders and are a great refresher for those who are already AfterSchool KidzLit.

In-person Workshops

If you’re looking for training at your site or a location convenient to you, our in-person workshops are a great alternative to online training. Led by experienced trainers, these workshops provide leaders with the following:

  • An overview of the program
  • Hands-on experience with the program
  • Step-by-step guidelines for successful implementation
  • Ways to build caring and supportive peer relationships
  • Strategies to enhance kids’ cooperative and communication skills

To discuss options for your program, please call us at 800.666.7270, ext. 289.

Our Partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science

AfterSchool KidzScience was developed in close collaboration with the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. The Hall has developed other innovative programs, including GEMS. This unique partnership blended the Hall’s deep expertise in effective, inquiry-based science education with our experience in developing and publishing after-school and in-school programs that promote children’s academic and ethical and social development. AfterSchool KidzScience was highlighted as an exemplary program that sets new benchmarks for innovation in integrating STEM disciplines by the STEM Innovation Award in 2014.

Developed with support from National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Great books aligned with AfterSchool KidzScience!

Supplement your AfterSchool KidzScience instruction with Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® books from The Lawrence Hall of Science! Aligned with KidzScience kits, these engaging, full-color books were written to support and extend the science inquiry learning of students, and offer interesting content and connect their investigations to the real world.