SAM Academy

PROGRAMS IN SCIENCE, ART, & MUSIC
Science Workshop

Science Workshop

Biology

Biology

Natural Science Lab

Natural Science Lab

Art Studio

Art Studio

Art Studio

Art Studio

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

Drums Lessons

Drums Lessons

Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons

Sanger SAM Academy

SAM Academy provides out-of-school and in-school programming to youth and families with a pedagogy based on inclusion, non-traditional learning environments, low-cost music lessons, and programs in science, art, engineering and technology. Each is customized to fit specific needs and interests of youth from early childhood to high school, and is delivered on-site or through a mobile science classroom that travels throughout the Valley.

Science Workshop

Art Studio

Music Studio

Community Science Workshop Network

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.

SAM Academy, Inc.

 

SAM Academy is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit located 15 mi SE of Fresno in Sanger, CA. Nestled in a highly productive rural and agricultural area of the San Joaquin Valley the Academy offers a rich learning environment in science, art, and music for youth of all ages. We also offer after school, in-school, and summer STEM and Arts programs for all students in partnership with schools, districts, and county offices. SAM Academy includes a “Community Science Workshop,” “Makerspace”, music and art studios, and a mobile science workshop. Highly qualified instructors guide kids in a ‘making’ approach to exploration of science and engineering concepts using inexpensive materials and tools in a collaborative community for innovation, exploration and experimentation. SAM Academy Music and Art studios provides a nexus between tradition, culture, STEM and the arts.