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NSP Mission & History
Resources for Volunteers
The NSP program was designed so that the average Girl Scout volunteer could confidently lead 5-7 sessions of science activities, lasting 45-50 minutes, with a group or troop of about 15 girls. The "Volunteer's Guide" is structured in a way that supports the small group delivery system; however, the NSP program is flexible enough to structure in other ways. (See NSP's Flexible Program.)
Every NSP kit comes with a "Volunteer's Guide" including easy to follow instructions, hints about how to modify and extend the activity for your troop or group, and explanations of the scientific principles explored in each activity. See two sample page layouts: Shadow Time | Sunsational Sundials
Check out the Page Layout Tutorial that describes the sections by which each sample page layout is divided.
NSP's Flexible Program
The National Science Partnership (NSP) program is flexible and can be restructured to accommodate your time with the girls. Originally designed for use in troop settings, NSP has been adapted to reach Girl Scouts in many settings, including:
NSP has also been used in:
- homeless shelters
- camps (both day and residential)
- Indian reservations
- "Girl Scouting in The School Day" programs
- "Girl Scouting Beyond Bars"
- after-school activity centers
- variations on "Science Saturdays"
- science interest troops
- service and training programs for teenage Girl Scouts
- large events for girls (council- or museum-based)
- large events for adults (council- or museum-based)
- membership recruitment efforts
- fund-raising events
- building additional collaborations
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants 0436249, MDR #8751820, and MDR #91-55285. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.