In an effort to promote family engagement with science, NURTURES is partnering with various community resources (Challenger Learning Center, Toledo Grows, Lourdes Life Lab, etc.) to host community events throughout the academic year. These events will be available to both families of students within classrooms of participating teachers and to the general public. The location and science focus of these events will change to create a new science learning experience for our participating families each time. Our goal is to connect the science content of these events with the curriculum being taught within the classroom. In doing so, we hope to create a coherent connection between formal and informal educational experiences.

During these events, both open and semi-structured science learning experiences will be available. NURTURES encourages families to attend these events, and will provide opportunities to extend family scientific learning. Attending families will be eligible to receive participation incentives such as a membership to one of our community partners (Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station etc.), a sponsorship for participation in a summer camp or family workshop, or materials for at-home activities.*

In addition to classroom lessons and community events, our selected teachers, community partners and UT faculty will develop family activity packs that will be provided to participating teachers to use in their classrooms. These packs will contain instructions, materials and other supplies families would need to complete the enclosed activities. The family activities will be connected to the science focus of the community events and will extend the lessons in the classroom to home.


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* The types of incentives and manner in which they are available will vary depending on the science focus and location of the event. Participation in community science events determines eligibility for incentives, but does not guarantee the proffer of any such incentive. NURTURES reserves the right to substitute incentives and/or award mechanisms without notice.

Event Dates

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Event Partners

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