Welcome to the Community Science Workshop Network!

The Community Science Workshop Network is a California 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a powerful advocate and resource for Community Science Workshops, providing opportunities for youth to tinker, make, and explore their world through science in under-served communities across California.


Watsonville CSW featured in bay area news outlets

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Reprinted with from Contra Costa Times Watsonville workshop lures young Latinos into science By Kim Smuga-Otto ksmugaotto@mercurynews.com Martin Moreira, right, helps Pancho Gonzalez, 14, of Watsonville, assemble a low-rider bicycle as Jocelyn Arenas, 10, works on a doghouse she is building at the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop in Watsonville, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014. The workshop has been quietly introducing …

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Supporting Up and Coming CSW Leaders

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“How does the Community Science Workshop help with or address gang prevention in the community?” “Are you an after-school program?” CSW staff are frequently asked these questions, which can be tricky to answer because of the unique nature of the Community Science Workshop (see What is a CSW? page for more info). Last week we offered a special training specifically to …

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New Posts from our Friends with CA Tinkering Network

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We thought we’d share these great posts from our colleagues in the California Tinkering Network. The CSW Network is a participating member of “CTAN” as we call it, along with Techbridge, who authored the piece below on Huffington Post Blog. We fully agree that partnering with schools, hiring staff and role models, and working closely with families is key! Want to …

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Linking CSW activities to NGSS Standards

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The CSW Network recently had the chance to present its online project database to science teachers in the Pajaro Valley School District, and give a sneak-peak of our upcoming spreadsheet linking CSW projects to NGSS curriculum standards. Our current project write-ups (available as PDFs with each project) include links to California State Science Standards in addition to detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions, …

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Fresno Community Science Workshop Opens Doors at New Location

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The Fresno Community Science Workshop Program began in 1995 in a small room at Dickey Park, and later moved to Granny’s Neighborhood Park, where it played a key role in the redevelopment of the local community and housing project. This fall after nearly a decade, the program will be making a new home at Highway City Park, in a previously …

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Snapshot of skills & concepts kids learn at a CSW


CSW staff work with thousands of children throughout the year, across the community, in a variety of different spaces and modes. See below for a peek directly into the awesome (bilingual) learning they help facilitate.. Do these resonate with your work/experience? Tweet to us @CSWnet to join the conversation! Notes/Notas:                     …

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