LEAP into Science is a program designed to engage children and families in science and literacy by integrating hands-on science activities with children's literature. The program began in 2007 as a partnership between The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and aims to enhance skills of informal educators to engage underserved communities in science and literacy learning.
Check out new LEAP into Science videos that highlight strategies for facilitating informal science and literacy learning with children!
Process of Science
This video highlights the importance of experiencing the process of science in informal science learning. It demonstrates how to engage children in various steps of this process: making observations, making predictions, asking questions, testing, retesting, and reflecting.
Connecting Science & Literacy
This video highlights how children's books and science learning are connected. It demonstrates strategies for how to use books as tools for engaging children and families in science and literacy learning.
This video highlights how to ask questions to guide science and literacy learning, using both open-ended and closed-ended questions.
The LEAP into Science program consists of a range of workshops that incorporate hands-on science activities and related children’s books for children ages 3-10 and families, as well as science bookmarks and exploration cards that extend learning at home. These programs are currently offered in 52 branches of The Free Library of Philadelphia, as well as in partner organizations listed below in 10 states across the US.
Where is LEAP into Science being offered?
LEAP into Science programming is currently taking place in Philadelphia, PA as well as 10 expansion sites nationwide. Each site consists of 2-3 partnering organizations. All sites are listed below.
WOW Children's Museum
Lafayette Public Library
Discovery Center Museum
Rockford Public School District #205
NEW JERSEY, Westfield
New Jersey School-age Care Coalition
New Jersey Department of Education,
Office of Student Support Services
NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Rio Rancho Public Library
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries
NEW YORK, Queens, New York City
Queens Library, Children's Library Discovery Center
New York Hall of Science
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Great Lakes Science Center
Case Western Reserve University
Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Schools Uniting Neighborhood Service System (SUN)
The Franklin Institute Science Museum
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Martin Library/York County Library
School District of the City of York
York College, Department of Education
SOUTH CAROLINA, Columbia
EdVenture Children's Museum
Richland County School District One
UTAH, Salt Lake City
Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake City Public Library
KUED (TV Station)
How do I get involved?
Educators & Librarians: LEAP into Science professional development and curriculum resources will become more broadly available.
Philadelphia Parents & Caregivers: Visit www.freelibrary.org or contact your local library branch to learn when the next LEAP into Science program is being offered.
For all other inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This material is based upon work supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation under Grants DRL #0714658 and DRL #1223730. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This project is also made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.