Frequently Asked Questions

When did Leap into Science begin?

Leap into Science began in 2007 as a partnership between The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and then expanded to select pilot sites nationally from 2011-2017, with the support of grants from NSF and IMLS. These partners worked together to develop, test, and refine curriculum and training resources to empower informal educators to engage underserved children and caregivers in urban settings.

What does a Leap into Science workshop look like?

Leap into Science workshops are designed for children ages 3-10 and families, and integrate hands-on science explorations with thematically-linked children’s picture books. The books often set the stage for an exploration, allowing children and caregivers to ask questions and make predictions about a scientific phenomenon in a book before (or after) doing it themselves.

What topics do Leap into Science programs include?

Topics include balance, wind and air, light and shadows, sound, water, structures, inventions, measurement, magnets, and more. The science concepts addressed in these resources are meant to be easily observed and experienced in children’s everyday lives and emphasize scientific thinking as well as science content.

Where are Leap into Science programs be offered?

To see if a program is being offered in your area, check The Connectory for listings of upcoming workshops in participating states. Leap into Science workshops happen usually take place in community settings like libraries, museums, community centers, and afterschool programs.

How can I get involved?

See the Partners page for a listing of states where the program is currently offered.  See the Join Us page to sign-up for a training in participating states, or apply to be a state leader for a new state. The program will be offered in more states each year.