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.


Greenfield youth get “geeky” in the garden


Most people are familiar with seeing the endless lettuce fields which line the 101 corridor in the Salinas valley, but over the past year youth at the Greenfield CSW went beyond the fields into the new technologies revolutionizing agriculture. The “Geek Gardener” program began as a partnership with the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum‘s community garden, but this …

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Fresno CSW grand opening at new Highway City Park Location

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Wednesday June 24th, 2015 10am 5140 N. State Ave. Fresno, CA 93722 (Shaw & 99)                       Join the City of Fresno in celebrating the grand opening of the Fresno Community Science Workshop’s new home at the Highway City Park in Northwest Fresno. The new workshop will be opening in what was …

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CSW Network Featured in Exploratorium Tinkering Studio Hangouts


  CSW Network Director Emilyn Green was recently featured as part of an expert panel in a series of interactive webinars discussing topics of space and equity with other practitioners in the informal science community. We’d like to thank our colleagues at the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio and Afterschool Alliance for inviting us to participate and be able to share what …

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Fresno CSW Director named Educator of Year, + winner of $20K award!

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On the eve of Fresno Community Science Workshop’s grand re-opening at Highway City Park, the CSW Network is proud to report that Director Manuel Hernandez has been named 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc.! Candidates for the award are nominated and selected by fellow educators for promoting services to Latino students and exemplary community service …

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Fresno and Sanger CSWs partner with Exploratorium to bring Making to 21st CCLCs

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The Fresno and Sanger CSW programs are excited to be the California representatives on a special Interagency Partnership with the Exploratorium and US Department of Education to bring hands-on STEM learning opportunities to high-need students during after-school and out-of-school time. Parallel projects will be occurring at the Children’s Museum of Houston (Texas), Frost Museum of Science (Florida), Franklin Institute (Pennsylvania), and New York …

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CSW Network & Mission Science Workshop Host Youth Access & Equity Research Meeting

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The CSW Network is excited to be part of a NSF Science Learning+ project to develop a Youth Access & Equity Research & Practice Agenda, focusing on addressing equity issues for youth, ages 11-14, primarily from non-dominant backgrounds. The CSW Network teamed up with Mission Science Workshop to host educators and researchers working on building a US-UK Collaboration to understand the current equity …

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