Sooner Elementary Engineering and Science ? a model for after-school science clubs based on university and K-5 partnership

  • Teri Reed Rhoads
  • Susan E Walden
  • Brent A Winter


Sooner Elementary Engineering and Science Clubs (SeeS) began less than four years ago at a single elementary school as an effort to bring more science education into our local elementary schools without increasing the burden on the school?s teachers. Due to popular demand, the program expanded slowly at first, but is doubling to include eight schools in fall 2004. Experiences along the way, and the requests for expansion, resulted in the original model evolving through several iterations which we describe here. We don?t believe there is one way to do after-school science clubs at the elementary level, but we do believe our experiences reveal lessons and pitfalls that can help guide other ambitious parents or community volunteers to have their own successful after-school engineering and/or science clubs.