Science Action Club

Educator participating in Science Action Club Training

Educator participating in Science Action Club Training

Science Action Club (SAC) is a high-impact STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time designed by the California Academy of Sciences. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in SAC investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet.

By completing the Science Action Club training, activity leaders will:

•    Develop skills to lead all 12 Bugs in Your Schoolyard activities and/or 12 Birds in Your Schoolyard activities successfully
•    Gain exclusive access to activity plans, teaching kits, and digital resources
•    Become citizen scientists and contribute to global environmental research
•    Contribute to a thoughtful community of practice with engaged and committed colleagues

BUGS in Your Schoolyard (Fall training completed in October 2016)
In this unit, youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and post discoveries to iNaturalist, a citizen science project and online social network for scientists and nature enthusiasts. Through iNaturalist, youth connect with biodiversity scientists and other SAC youth nationwide to identify species and investigate environmental issues. 

BIRDS in Your Schoolyard (Spring training to be held January 28, 2017 - Apply Online to participate)
This unit explores feathers, flight, and the features that make birds unique. Using tools and technology, youth identify local birds and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. The bird counts they submit to eBird – a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology – help scientists better understand these important species. 

Program Eligibility
To participate in Science Action Club, afterschool programs must:
•    Ensure 1 or more staff complete all online and in-person trainings
•    Recruit 15-20 youth in grades 5-8 and maintain high attendance
•    Designate appropriate indoor and outdoor space for science activities and nature investigations
•    Provide reliable Internet access and at least one mobile device (projectors and speakers are strongly recommended)
•    Track attendance and submit feedback to the California Academy of Sciences

Contact Tricia Berry at with questions. Apply online to participate in the BIRDS in Your Schoolyard workshop.