• trainers bugs
  • Youth with binoculars
  • Activity Leader Training
  • girls birds

Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time.

What We Do

The Academy partners with local and national afterschool networks to engage youth in fun STEM learning experiences. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Afterschool staff receive in-depth training on SAC kits, activity guidebooks, and best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment.

Our Reach
SAC National Map Spring 2017

The Science Action Club network includes more than 750 out-of-school time programs and serves over 15,000 youth in 17 states annually.

Our Program
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We provide online and in-person training for afterschool staff, plus two environmental science units for grades 5-8. Each unit includes lesson plans for 12 hands-on activities and a teaching kit with tools and supplies for 20 youth.

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To join the SAC network, afterschool providers must:

  • Ensure two or more staff participate in SAC online and in-person trainings.
  • Recruit 15-20 youth in grades 5-8 and maintain high attendance.
  • Provide reliable Internet access and at least one mobile device.
  • ​Track attendance and support program evaluation.


Bugs in Your Schoolyard
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Youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and submit observations to the iNaturalist biodiversity databank, which is used to help better understand and protect the natural world. Explore sample activities from this unit below.

Clouds in Your Schoolyard
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Youth investigate clouds and document their discoveries in the S'COOL databank, which helps NASA scientists better understand Earth’s weather and climate. Explore sample activities from this unit below.

Birds in Your Schoolyard
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Youth investigate birds and document their discoveries in the eBird databank, which helps scientists better understand and protect these important species. Explore sample activities from this unit below.

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