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Abstract Title: Sustainability of K-12 Afterschool Programs
Abstract: The University of Colorado Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) studies impacts on University and K-12 participants in an afterschool informal science education program.  We continue to explore the sustainability of the University-Community Partnership Model (in which all participants act in their own self interests). To identify sustainable program characteristics, we reviewed all programs funded by the NSF Informal Science Education Grants in the last 10 years, identifying out of school K-12 programs that persisted beyond the term of the grant. While most NSF/ISE grants were awarded to museums /exhibits, television / radio / documentary programs, and conferences / symposiums, a few of the targeted out-of-school programs were sustained and provide insight to such programs' success. We present findings on funding statistics of NSF programs and the trends consistent with sustained programs. This work is supported, in part, by NSF # 0551010, the JILA AMO PFC.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Laurel M. Mayhew
Univ. of Colorado Physics
and Co-Presenter(s)
Maxwell Lichtenstein, University of Colorado Physics
Noah D. Finkelstein, University of Colorado Physics