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EVOking Learning and Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences (EVOLUTIONS) and Science Career Orientation and Readiness Program for Students (Sci.CORPS)

 

The EVOLUTIONS After School Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages New Haven and West Haven high school students in informal and formal learning opportunities designed to address four key goals:

  1. Promote Scientific Literacy- Through classroom experiences, field trips, projects, internships and work experiences, participants are encouraged to develop their scientific knowledge, learn about current research in STEM fields, understand the science behind Peabody Museum exhibits and collections, and develop science communication skills.
  2. College Preparation- Participants and their families will develop an understanding of post-secondary academics, and identify valuable resources and tools that will help them refine and achieve their academic goals.  Participants receive college counseling, attend financial aid and college planning workshops, and visit local and regional college campuses.
  3. Career Awareness- Using a career-centered approach, participants will be introduced to career options within the sciences, learn about the pathways into those careers, develop basic resume, interview and workplace skills, and participate in real-world work experiences through lab internships and jobs in the Sci.CORPS career ladder program.
  4. Transferable Skill Development- Transferable skills are broadly applicable skills facilitating academic achievement and the eventual transition into the workforce. Through EVOLUTIONS, participants develop communication skills, teamwork and leadership ability, scientific thinking skills, and the confidence and creativity to use these skills in new situations.

 EVOLUTIONS projects/activities include:

  • Weekly classroom science activities;
  • Monthly special events and workshops;
  • Annual 4-day college visitation trip;
  • Student-produced museum exhibitions, which are displayed in the Peabody Museum for one year

Sci.CORPS and the Yale Science Internship Program

SciCORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a career ladder program through which participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters in the Peabody Museum. Participants begin at the volunteer rung as Museum Apprentices, to develop basic job and communication skills and shadow more experienced peers. After a set of criteria are met, they are promoted to paid Museum Interpreters, where they teach visitors the science of the exhibits through hands-on carts and activities.  In the upper rung of our ladder, Museum Fellows, act as program leaders, supervisors, and content developers.

A select group of EVOLUTIONS students are also offered paid internships in Yale science laboratories. Interns work alongside and are mentored by Yale faculty and graduate students in both field and lab work, engaging in over 100 hours of authentic scientific research. The experience culminates in a research symposium held at the Peabody Museum, and opportunities to disseminate their research to their EVOLUTIONS peers.

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs

 

"Being a part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program has enabled me to do a ton of things that you normally wouldn't do in a regular high school setting. With this program they really help you find out who you are as person and what your really capable of doing. And that's something I believe everyone should experience before they head into a world that is bigger than what they imagine to be."

 

New Haven Student
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs

 

"The EVOLUTIONS Program was the greatest help with my college career. My greatest experience with the program was getting an internship in a Yale lab. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me skills and work ethics that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Few people even get the opportunity and I was glad to be one of them."

 

New Haven High School Student
Sound School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs


"Being involved in internships through the Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Program has been a privilege and the highlight of my high school education."

 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is more than just the hard subject at school that preoccupied the smart kids. It is a way of thinking about our world that can lead to changing it for the better.” 


Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey

Why Science is Important?

 

“Science is important because it satisfies our curiosity about the world we live in. Amazing new technologies often result from science, but that shouldn’t be why we do science. We do science for the same reason Columbus set sail in search of new lands, for the same reason Tenzing and Hillary climbed to the top of Everest: curiosity” 

Jacob Aron
Mathematician and Science Writer

Why is Science Important?


“Scientists pursue questions of how things work that range from the sub-atomic particle zipping through my coffee cup, to the metaphysics of baboons to the origin of ice-covered mountain ranges. Often the motivation is curiosity but the net result is expanding our collective knowledge and understanding. This process based knowledge and understanding is crucial to the long-term survival of our species as a society.” 


Robin Bell
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Why is Science Important?

 

“Truth is better than illusion, and science has found ways to find out how the universe works, how we can interact with it, and what is likely to happen next.” 

Dr. Susan Blackmore
Freelance writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster,

Why is Science Important?

 

“Science is important because, just as much as literature, or art, or music, it teaches us to be human. It’s part of us, part of who we are.” 

Richard P. Grant
Molecular Cell Biochemist

Why is Science Important?

 

“Without science, we’re as lost and scared as a Homo Erectus in a thunderstorm.” 

Mark Lewney
Musician and Science Presenter

Why is Science Important?


“Science is a window to the future of humanity.”

Andy Miah
University of the West of Scotland

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a powerful expression of two of the defining qualities of humans - creativity and curiosity; especially when creativity and curiosity are used to explore, and try to make sense of, our place in the universe.” 

Ray Mathias

Why is Science Important?

“While what IS (truth) will not lead us to find any better what OUGHT we do (choices), yet what IS will definitely guide not only what needs to be done, but also how to realistically achieve it. Thus, the importance of Science in leading us to Truth.” 

Sandeep Gautam

Why is Science Important?

“Since knowledge leads to power, science also allows us to shape and influence our environment, and as such is at the root of todays global society” 

 


Jon Butterworth
Professor of Physics at University College London

Why is Science Important?

“Science is not enough on its own, it also requires a large measure of creativity. Add ingenuity and you are in the realm of engineering.”

David M. Howard

Why is Science Important?

“Science is about much more that facts, figures, laws and equations. It’s a unique and powerful way of looking at the world we live in; one that helps us find real answers and tries to ensure that we are not fooling ourselves. It’s about values like respect for good evidence, over opinion or anecdote; it’s a state of mind that makes you criticize your own ideas - test them in a way that you think might break them. It’s about respecting the answers that nature gives to questions carefully asked.” 

Adrian Gaylard

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"I liked all of the Pathways to Science events, but the one that stands out the most was Pathways to Engineering. It was cool to see the engineering department at Yale and to see the demonstrations. I want to be an engineer, so being able to talk to Yale engineers about their work was amazing. Seeing their labs and how they work was also great. I had never been in a real lab before.   I learned a lot about nanotechnology and some possible careers, too."

New Haven Student
Barnard Environmental Studies School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"Pathways to Science has enhanced my interests in the sciences and has helped me to understand science in a way school hasn’t. I always learn something new when I go to a Pathways event."

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"Pathways to Science has taught me firsthand how scientists work. I had never really known what it was like to be a scientist. "

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

 "Pathways to Science has helped me learn more about the field I want to pursue, neurology, and about scientific topics that interest me. It has also provided me my first glimpse of botany."

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"Getting Chemistry lessons in SCHOLAR last year was a HUGE advantage for my junior year. I'm glad I got that preparation.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"SCHOLAR has made me feel more confident about myself when speaking and performing publicly. It has also made me more eager to face challenges in school and in life.”

 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"I've connected to a bunch of adults during the SCHOLAR program. They've showed me that you're always good in something, even when you don't think you are. If you put your mind to it, you'll achieve it."

 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"After participating in SCHOLAR, I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I feel like I get along better with people now. It influenced my educational views because now I feel like I have a duty to myself to try harder in school. For my future, I want to try even harder to achieve my dreams to pursue a science career."

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"I like many of the Pathways to Science Events! The Peabody Museum was really interesting. I really loved that we got to go where normal tours can't go and look at dinosaur bones and birds too. I think it's amazing that we got to learn history through them."

 

New Haven Student
James Hillhouse High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach:

"I like attending many Pathways to Science Events. The Planetarium/Observatory was great! I really love learning about how our solar system was created and all the different types of stars and constellations we have. The best part was watching the movie inside. I felt like I was really going through space. It blew my mind!"

New Haven Student
Wilbur Cross High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

"I really liked SCHOLAR because people from different fields of science came in and spoke about what they have done to contribute to the huge spectrum of sciences, medicine, health, etc.  My favorite speaker was Professor Marvin Chun. His presentation of psychology was engaging, interesting, and kept my focus the whole entire time. He got the audience involved just as he explained findings and observations in people. I'm considering several of the topics as my future career...”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School