AKA Science Classes

Class Information

AKA Science (All Kids Are Scientists) is a fun, hands-on science program for students in grades K-6. A different topic is offered during most school quarters (fall, winter & spring), and 9 total topics rotate on a 3-year cycle. For each topic, there’s a version for students in grades K-3 and a version for students in grades 4-6.

The AKA Science package includes:
• Curriculum (structured as eight 1-hour lessons, with some flexibility to be extended or condensed)
• A full kit of supplies for up to 15 students (except water and scissors, which each site provides), and
• Training of a Class Leader to facilitate the class. Each site recruits, screens, selects, and supervises its own Class Leader. Class Leaders don’t need a background in science, but prior experience working with school-aged children is recommended.

Upcoming Classes: Fun Physics Series!

Grades K-3: Color & Light – Eye Spy!

Surprise your eyes with the science of color and light! Explore crazy shadows, see the world through a bug’s eye, and make colors splash and spin! Have fun with wacky mirrors and discover how things glow…then take stuff home to amaze your friends and family!

Grades 4-6: Color & Light – Lights Alive!

Light up your world with the science of color and light! Bend mirrors, make a kaleidoscope, and explore how things glow in the dark! Build a camera obscura, break light into rainbows and uncover the secrets of 3D…then take stuff home to amaze your friends and family!

Interested in bringing AKA Science to your site?

Please fill out the form below or contact Kathryn Sechrist – AKA Science Program Supervisor (ksechrist@impactnw.org or 503-721-6799).

An AKA Science staff member will follow up with you within 3 business days.

This is a favorite class for students. They love the experiments, learning what is happening, and getting to take materials home to show their family and friends!

Hands on! That is the best part of the AKA Science program. Science concepts are broken down into understandable tidbits of information through practical, fun, and hands-on ways. I would teach any AKA Science class in the future: the training was great, the young people look forward to the class, and everyone walks away learning something new.

Quotes from Site Coordinators & Class Leaders

Site Coordinators:

  • “I just want to say that this program is awesome! I am impressed with the amount of thoughtfulness that was put into the curriculum. Way to go! I am very happy to be able to offer AKA Science to the students at our school.”
  • “This is a favorite class for students. They love the experiments, learning what is happening, and getting to take materials home to show their family and friends!”
  • “Thanks for all you’re doing to make this class so fun for the kids and organized for me!”

Class Leaders:

  • “The curriculum was imaginative and accessible, and the kids really connected with the activities and learned a lot…I can’t count how many times this term there was an excited child running from table to table to show and tell his or her classmates what they had figured out, or uncovered, or discovered.”
  • “The materials were very easy to use, the lessons were fun, and students were engaged.”
  • “The curriculum fostered an environment that strongly encouraged critical thinking and problem solving and boosted the confidence of the children in my class.
  • “Hands on! That is the best part of the AKA Science program. Science concepts are broken down into understandable tidbits of information through practical, fun, and hands-on ways. I would teach any AKA Science class in the future: the training was great, the young people look forward to the class, and everyone walks away learning something new.”