CSW Science @ Home

1.   What is Community Science Workshop?

For the past several years, the non-profit New Leaf Collaborative has offered in-school Community Science Workshops (CSW) in elementary schools in Martinez and Pleasant Hill.   These Workshops are designed to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities with fun and creative projects that demonstrate basic scientific concepts in physics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and more.    Our goal with Science @ Home is to recreate as much of that experience as we can in a safe, on-line format.  

2.   How many students will be in the Workshop?

Each workshop will be limited to 7 students.   

3. What is the cost of the Workshop?

$75. Each workshop consists of 4 1-hour online (Zoom) meetings held at the same time once per week starting the week of October 5.

4.   How will the on-line Workshop be set up?

In order to ensure an engaging and fun experience we are dividing our workshops by student grade level:  Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5.  We have scheduled two different times for each grade level to accommodate your schedules.   Our scheduled times are:

– Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
– Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 (October 6, 13, 20, 27)

– Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 (October 7, 14, 21, 28)
– Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 (October 7, 14, 21, 28)

The content of each Workshop is the same.  Please do not sign up for more than one session.

5.  Who is leading the Workshops?

Each Workshop will have 2 trained CSW instructors. Our instructors have been approved to work directly with students by Martinez Unified and Diocese of Oakland school districts.   Because of our work in the schools, they will be a familiar face and voice to many students already!

6.  What will students DO in the Workshops?

All Workshops are project focused and will have some type of build or construction – that will be the main focus of the session.   This is NOT just a lecture, video, or slide show.

7.  What materials do I need to have at home?

Before the first workshop, CSW will deliver a Materials Box with all supplies needed for the Workshop.  Students should a clear workspace around their computer/tablet as well as access to some basic supplies like scissors (for cutting paper and tape) and crayons/markers/colored pencils for decorating their creations.

If you have other questions about the CSW Science @ Home please email: workshops@newleafcollaborative.org