GeoKids is a partnership between the Wagner Free Institute of Science and four local schools: Meade Elementary School, Kearny Academics Plus, Reynolds Elementary School and Gesu School. It was founded in 1992 on the belief that children have a natural curiosity about many topics in the earth and life sciences and that study of these subjects at an early age can be an effective vehicle for increasing student interest in science as well as learning in general. The program brings authentic science learning to hundreds of elementary students each year. Led by Institute Children’s Educators, GeoKids classes participate in yearlong natural science units that are hands-on and content rich.
In 2002, the Institute began a partnership with the Biology Department at Saint Joseph’s University to enhance and expand the GeoKids program. Funded by a GK-12 grant from the National Science Foundation, the GeoKids LINKS collaboration brings undergraduate and graduate students in biology and environmental science into GeoKids classes to help develop and implement curriculum. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s professors are part of the LINKS team, contributing to the development and delivery of real-life science experiences for GeoKids classes. The partnership has enabled the Wagner to bring the program to many more students each year. In 2005, the National Science Foundation awarded the GeoKids LINKS program a five-year renewal to continue this successful collaboration.
For more information contact the Children’s Education Department at (215) 763-6529, ex. 16.