Through the support of individuals, businesses, and community organizations we offer a classroom model that provides hands-on science lessons for both the students and the teacher. Working directly with elementary schools, The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation’s curriculum is comprised of science lessons aligned with the current science standards. These exciting programs provide the kids with the opportunity to experience science in a fun, hands-on setting that encourages retention of the concepts presented. The programs also provide an interactive educational opportunity for both the children and their teacher as both can become comfortable with inquiry based science.
Impacts ALL students in a grade level or school regardless of socio-economic status; is especially beneficial to schools in disadvantaged areas
Works together with teachers to align our experiments and science exploration with the current science curriculum being taught in school
Lessons can be kicked off with an interactive assembly
Immerses students in science concepts that are fun and engaging
Studies show a high retention rate when lessons are hands-on
The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation loves to demonstrate how fun and interesting science can be through school-wide assemblies! There are various topics to choose from (energy, matter and others!) and we bring in the pizzazz and sparkle and bring out the wonder and curiosity in the students. Help us spark their interest in science by funding a school assembly in your community. Enjoy this video: https://youtu.be/GPwG_rShrIA
Provides value for your money as the maximum number of kids is reached in the minimum amount of time
Reaches all kids regardless of socio-economic status
Offers enthusiasm and encouragement to those kids who may not know that science can be fun
Encourages other types of fun learning
Uses audience participation to help effectively cement concepts in students’ young minds
Scholarships for Students Demonstrating Financial Need and a Love of Science
The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation offers scholarships to deserving children demonstrating financial need who express an interest in attending Science Explorers summer science camps or after-school science clubs. The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation also offers scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue a college degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.)
Aligns with the mission of S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation to provide access to quality STEM learning opportunities
Encourages the continued pursuit of science which might lead to a future career in STEM
Summer Science Camp and After-School Club Scholarships
How to apply: In order to be considered for a scholarship, all applicants must (1) complete an application (see below) and (2) submit a letter from both the child and the guardian stating why the child would like to attend Summer Science Camp or After-School Club. The guardian’s letter must give an overview of why they are in need of assistance. If the child is seven (7) years of age or under, he or she may draw a picture in place of writing a letter.
Review process: The Board of Directors of The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation reviews all applications and makes decisions based on the compelling letters written by both the child and guardian.
How to apply: The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation College Scholarship Committee encourages applications from all high school students in their senior year whose intended major is in an area of the sciences and who are in need of financial assistance. Students must attend high schools in the following states: Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee. The committee also considers scholastic achievement, academic promise and community service in addition to financial need.
The Foundation can award up to three $1,000 scholarships, and the scholarship check will be sent directly to the college or university of the recipient.
The program of study should be full time (2-year or 4-year) and one which will result in a degree or diploma. The Committee relies on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the application in order to choose recipients each year. Both the student and the parent(s) should carefully review the application for accuracy and sign where indicated.
Please send your application by April 1 of the year in which you will enter your first year of college. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by mid-June of that year.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Julie Merrill, Executive Director of The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation at 610-816-5047 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Review process: The Board of Directors of The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation reviews all applications.
Where we’re making a difference
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Reading School District: 12th & Marion, 13th & Green, 16th & Haak, Riverside, Amanda Stout, Glenside
Hamburg School District: Perry
Tilden Elementary in Hamburg Area School District
Colebrookdale Elementary in Boyertown Area School District
Jim Thorpe School District: Penn-Kidder Campus
Coatesville School District: Kings Highway
Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) – science camps and Saturday morning science
Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) – Saturday morning science
Berwick School District: Nescopeck, Salem, West Berwick
Bloomsburg School District: Bloomsburg Memorial, Beaver Main & W.W. Evans
Shippensburg School District: Shippensburg Intermediate
Harrisburg Area School District: Downey, Foose, Scott, Melrose
Steelton Highspire SD: Steelton-Highspire
Central Dauphin School District: South Side
Upper Darby School District: Highland Park
Scranton School District: Adams, McNichols Plaza, Prescott
Cocalico School District: Adamstown, Denver, Reamstown
Columbia Borough School District: Park
Elanco School District: Blue Ball, New Holland, Brecknock
Ephrata School District: Clay, Fulton, Akron, Highland
Manheim Township SD, all 6 elementary schools: Brecht, Bucher, Neff, Nitrauer, Reidenbaugh and Schaeffer
School District of Lancaster: Buchanan, Burrowes, Carter & MacRae, Fulton, Hamilton, King, Lafayette, Martin, Price, Ross, Washington, Wharton, Wickersham,
Palmyra Area School District: Lingle Avenue
Northwest Elementary in Lebanon School District
Hazelton School District: Hazelton, Heights Terrace, McAdoo, West Hazelton
Dodson Elementary and Flood Elementary in Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Jersey Shore Area School District: Jersey Shore, Avis , Salladasburg
Norristown School District: Paul Fly, Hancock, Gotwals, Whitehall, Marshall Street, Cole Manor
Pottsgrove School District: Lower Pottsgrove
Lincoln Elementary and Rupert Elementary in Pottstown School District
Easton School District: Cheston, Forks, Paxinosa
Shikellamy School District: Beck & Chief Shikellamy
Shamokin School District: Shamokin
Philadelphia School District: Ellwood, McCloskey
North Tioga School District: Clark Wood, R.B. Walter, Westfield
Bergen County, Mahwah Township School District: Lenape Meadows
Passaic County, Paterson School District: Public School # 27