SAM Academy is a proud member of the Community Science Workshop Network
- CSWs are in neighborhoods: Each program maintains a permanent public space that is walking distance to low-income homes and schools, and is dense with science exhibits as well as tools and materials. User-generated content and locally hired educators foster familiarity and agency for participants.
- CSW programs are open-ended and student-driven: As much as possible, students choose what they want to do and how they’re going to do it, what questions they want to ask and how they’re going to answer them.
- CSWs are open-door: drop-in hours minimize barriers to participating youth and families, and a variety of other programs provide multiple entry points in time and space: afterschool, during the day, on field trips to the CSW, and via mobile programs at rural locations.
- CSWs strive to saturate their community with science: working with schools, community-based organizations, housing projects, libraries, municipalities and parks as needed to transform a community’s experience of science education.