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.

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Humpback Whale Dig Part 1 & 2

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This past May, a Humpback whale carcass was found washed up near Pescadero, CA. Dan Sudran of the Mission Science Workshop organized permits and digs with the Greenfield and Watsonville Science Workshops to unearth the bones and add them to our traveling and workshop collections. The young humpback was about 25 feet long, and (sadly) was killed by a group …

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CSW Summer Camping 2014

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This summer, the annual CSW summer camping trip brought kids from Watsonville and Greenfield together in Henry Cowell Redwoods state park in Santa Cruz, CA.  Kids ages seven through eighteen worked together to set up camp, checked out local fauna and flora in the nature center, explored a historic steam railyard, made candles, hiked through old-growth redwoods, and swam in …

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New Videos Showcasing CSW in Tinkering Network

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The CSW Network is a member of the California Tinkering Afterschool Network together with the Exploratorium, the Discovery Cube, and Techbridge.  CSW staff members from Watsonville and Fresno recently attended a Tinkering training hosted by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio which you can check out in these great videos! A child’s chain-reaction dream come true!

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CSW Model Highlighted in CNN SchoolsOfThought Blog

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The CSW Network was recently featured as an exemplary “21st Century Science Classroom” in an article by Tim Magner, Executive Director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). “…I’d like to see science classrooms look more like the spaces created by the Community Science Workshop Network. In these models, students are free to explore and experiment with a wide …

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Social Media Round-up

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Highlights from the twitterfeeds and our friends on Facebook. Here’s our favorites for the week: Bad news first: A July 9th press release from the American Institutes for Research reconfirmed that minorities and women are more likely to leave the STEM fields and/or hold higher level positions, ultimately leading to a “brain drain” and lack of diverse role models for the next generation… …

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Dancing Oobleck & Salt-water Circuits

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Dan Sudran, director of Mission Science Workshop, lead a training today for Watsonville ESW Staff on electrical and circuit-related projects and tools. Staff got to watch salt-water connectivity variance through some of Dan’s great old-school amp-meters, and play with multimeters and power adapters. Dan also brought some great DIY AC transformers, which step-down the 120 Volts AC found in wall …

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