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Frequently Asked Questions
about the National Science Partnership for Girl Scouts and Science Museums (NSP)

How do I get a kit?
Can you let me know when kits become available?
What's in an NSP kit?
What is the price?
How many times can I use the kit?
Why have the kits been revised?
Are there are other activities at The Franklin Institute that might interest Girl Scouts?

How do I get a kit?

  • Kits will be available for purchase via the web for the 2007-2008 Girl Scout year. Check here for information coming August 2007!
  • There will be 4 kits available: Science Wonders and Space Explorer for Brownie Girl Scouts and Weather Watch and Science Sleuth for Junior Girl Scouts.

Can you let me know when kits become available?

  • By filling out the contact form and providing an email address, you will be added ONLY to our "National Science Partnership (NSP) Interest List," through which we will distribute NSP-related updates and announcements of kit availability.
  • Your information is confidential.
  • You will only receive information about the National Science Partnership for Girl Scouts and Science Museums.

What's in an NSP kit?

  • Each kit includes a Volunteer's Guide and materials not easily found in a grocery store for an average troop size of 15 girls.

What is the price?

  • When kits were first produced in the early 1990s, kit prices ranged from $25-$35 for 5-7 weeks of hands-on science activities.
  • The price for the revised kits due out in August or September 2007 has not yet been determined.
  • We are committed to moderately priced activities for the girls!

How many times can I use the kit?

  • The kits, initially designed for a troop delivery system, provide 5-7 hours or weeks of activities for a troop of approximately 15 girls.
  • However, they are extremely flexible and can be adapted to a range of experiences.
  • Most of the materials in the kits are consumable, and are intended to go home so that girls can share their science experiences with their families.

Why have the kits been revised?

  • We have recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to revise four kits selected from the original seven.
  • The kits, Science Wonders and Space Explorers for Brownie Girl Scouts and Weather Watch and Science Sleuth for Junior Girl Scouts, meet badge requirements.
  • They were first disseminated nationwide in the early 1990s and are in need of some minor updating.
  • Revisions will include re-alignment of badge requirements as well as correction of formatting and typographical errors.
  • The kits will have a new look, the enclosed materials may differ, and the price will remain affordable to Girl Scout troops.
  • We suspect these changes will improve the kits overall.

Are there are other activities at the Franklin Institute that might interest Girl Scouts?
Yes! Always!

  • For information about an overnight adventure for campers, visit Camp-In to find program details.
  • For information about planning a trip for your troop or group, call 1-800-285-0684 and select "Group Reservations," or visit Group Reservations online.
  • For general information, visit www.fi.edu.

Contact us if you still have questions.

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