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.


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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SAM Academy Noche de Ciencias featured in Sanger Herald


The Sanger Community Science Workshop (SAM Academy) recently held a family science night as part of the national Lights on Afterschool project. Photos and Story courtesy of the Sanger Herald (full story). Special thanks to the Society of Hispanic Engineers for supporting the evening.

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CSW Network @ ASTC 2014 Conference

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The CSW Network participated at the annual Association of Science & Technology Center (ASTC) national conference this past weekend. Highlights included the Making & Tinkering Community of Practice session, as well as a panel session we helped offer focused on the potentials and pitfalls of scaling. We also got to spend some time at the amazing NC Museum of Natural Sciences in …

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CSW Network featured on Makezine: Finding Starter Projects

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From Makezine.com, By Michelle “Binka” Hlubinka, Posted October 3rd, 2014 Finding Starter Projects: Project Sets Teachers are looking for projects to get their kids into the Maker movement! Today, we share project sets carefully selected by a few of the many groups who care deeply about making. Together, each of these sets take a stab at something of a “curriculum” — or, if that word makes …

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10 cool ideas from the 2014 STEM Symposium

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Last week, staff from the Watsonville and Sanger Science Workshops came with us to the 2nd annual 2014 STEM Symposium in San Diego, CA. Similar to last year, we set-up a “Share-Fair” booth with CSW projects and information, and we gave two break-out presentations as part of the conference (for a similar presentation on the CSW Network see this video). Staff …

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