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October 28, 2012

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October 28, 2012

For years now, Firsthand Learning has provided invaluable assistance to the Buffalo Public Schools, supporting the elementary and middle level science program with hands-on, inquiry-based materials and curriculum-related science kits. As a result, teachers have consistently affirmed that students have performed above the State average on annual standardized tests. And students have reported that their interest in science has increased dramatically, leading many of them to seek more advanced study than they had previously planned. Additionally, Firsthand Learning's after-school programs in collaboration with a wide variety of community organizations have led to work experiences for high school students and exploratory science activities for elementary and middle level children. All in all, I am proud to serve on the Board for an organization that provides such enriching and educational opportunities for a city that exemplifies the racial, ethnic, social, and cultural diversity that our society prizes.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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August 18, 2010

Our community center, Gloria J. Parks in Buffalo, NY, partnered with First Hand Learning this summer to provide a hands on urban environmental science program. We worked with the Science Firsthand staff from FHL. The summer program brought kids from summer camps throughout Buffalo to the Gloria Parks Community center. Their camps signed up for a week of Urban Environmental Science. The program served 12 organizations and almost 200 kids Science Firsthand trained the summer staff, who were recent college grads. They spent 3 weeks learning and practicing inquiry, the method behind doing Science Firsthand. Science Firsthand provided the coordinator, who had been a Science Firsthand manager. The Science Firsthand staff and the support they provided made the camp very successful and memorable for kids and staff. The training enabled our staff to plan and implement 7 weeks of creative programming that engaged inner city, at risk kids in exploration and discovery. The experiences that the kids had during their hands on science week at Gloria Parks demonstrated the value and validity of inquiry based learning. Partnering with Science Firsthand allowed our organization to meet its goal of offering this unique and very valuable service to the youth in our community.

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I have worked with Science Firsthand for the last 5 years, in various capacities. I've observed and participated in the growth of the program as a member of the Science Firsthand Collaborative.

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I would offer opportunties for exploration and inquiry throughout the year at partnering sites.

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The kids and adults we served this summer had great experiences. The FHL staff prepared our staff to implement a wonderful program that met all lour needs.

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I hope we can do this in the future and co-write grants to fund the program.

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2010

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