SPRY Foundation - Setting Priorities for Retirement Years
Science Across the Generations

A project to promote intergenerational learning between older adults and children (grades K-5) in the areas of science, mathematics, and technology.

    Project Description:
    Science Across the Generations is a three-year project to support a national, intergenerational program in hands-on science, mathematics, and technology for older adults and children (grades K-5). The project will develop twenty educational modules covering topics that range from static electricity to growing gardens; from wind to energy around the home. Nine of these modules will be based upon the NSF-funded Disney Animation Studios science interstitials called, "Find Out Why," which were developed as part of the NSF's 50th Anniversary Celebration and were interspersed in Saturday morning cartoons last year. Once developed, the modules will be implemented through intergenerational workshops, school-based programs (including tutoring), computer workshops, and museum programs. The OASIS Institute, which has centers for older adults in 25 cities across the United States, will provide venues for interactions between children and OASIS's older adult membership, as well as trainers and coordination of links to local schools.

    The project is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), with in-kind contributions from:

    • The SPRY Foundation
    • The OASIS Institute
    • Disney Animation Studios
    • Participants from across the United States

    National Science Foundation - www.nsf.gov
    OASIS Institute - www.oasisnet.org
    Participating Cities - nsf_cities.html

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