After-School Bilingual STEM Programs

CLACE’s After-School Program’s Overview

Our afterschool bilingual programs have been designed for kids of all backgrounds to love to learn and enjoy science while raising global climate change and Earth system environmental literacy through inquiry-based, hands-on science, technology and engineering activities. In addition to serve participating students, our activities have been designed to produce resources to help improve the quality of the Nation’s STEM education and strengthen the ability of our partners in communicating science.

All of our programs provided science-rich after-school lessons and environmental stewardship practices for students K-12. To assure success in our efforts we strongly believed that leveraging our long-term relationships with scientists, environmental education professionals, National Labs, scientific research organizations in the Front Range, CU Boulder and school principals and other partners are essential to make CLACE´s programs awesome and sustainable. After learning about our pedagogical approach, several school principals have welcome our program in their schools as a great resource for providing after school science enrichment opportunities to their K-12 students.

The bilingual and bi-cultural component of our work is critical to the success of the educational experiences developed because it honors many students’ cultural heritage. Our unique approach enables our team of bilingual and bi-cultural facilitators to effectively engage students, parents and families in programming and celebrations.

CLACE’s Goals:

  • Connect climate change education to placed-based learning experiences through lesson plans that observe culturally responsive teaching practices and best approaches in order to effectively involve K-12 students, parents and the community.
  • Engage parents and the community in meaningful events and family nights with the involvement of Latino scientists and experts as a way to foster community engagement around relevant STEM, climate change, environmental and Earth system topics.
  • Provide Professional Development to support K-5 educators in Boulder County, stakeholders, professionals and facilitators. Emphasis on weather and climate studies with connections to math and literacy competency goals of the school district.
  • Continue to develop Video Lab and 6-12 grade student’s interest in the digital story telling component of CLACE’s program (Video Lab) that aims to impact high school and middle school Latino students. Students learn to utilize the most appropriate digital and media creation tools and equipment that allow them to conduct guided data discovery activities to explore any topic of their choosing. Resulting videos are broadcasted during family and community events, and highlighted through local Hispanic media. Previous Video efforts have resulted in their inclusion in California Governor Website, “Youth Perspective.”
  • CLACE’s CEO is a UN Translator who has been -and continues to be- responsible for translating important work for NASA and US Government (see CLACE website.) Our latest translation project was the “Third US National Climate Change Assessment Report,” published in July 2014. Over the year CLACE has been responsible for translating over 10,000 pages of STEM Education, books and International Reports.

Facilitating our Programs 


CLACE’s approach is to facilitate its programs in a bilingual and bi-cultural manner. CLACE works with trained Latin American professionals (with a BA) to serve as bilingual and bi-cultural facilitators to their activities. In order to best prepare our team of facilitators, CLACE offers applicants extensive preparation to the sensitive work that they would be doing on weekly bases. CLACE provides ample training and instruction to all its contracted facilitators who served in our team. (See CLACE’s INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR HANDBOOK in CLACE’s website.


GREEN LABS (3-5 grade)

Visit the following link to know more about our Green Lab program:

 With the emphasis placed on a democratic and participatory approach, our after-schools programs are designed to encourage Green Lab students to take an active leadership role in how they can benefit of the environment, highlighting the importance of individual actions, civic values, mentorship and collaboration, and involving the rest of the student body, families, teachers, principal and extended community.

Our Green Labs allows students to learn essential team building and problem-solving skills, and provide more opportunities to participate in hands-on, project-based learning. Our program has proven to be particularly ideal for the type of informal and experiential learning that children need to balance their experiences with traditional school education. Our students learn more than just science content; they do research, discuss, identify and develop their own strategies for the social and environmental issues affecting their communities.

We have developed 6 total Units:

1) Air

2) Water

3) Soil

4) Energy

5) Human Body (Mini Health Exhibits and interactive)

6) Building your Jitterbugs! (Kids built solar energy robots)

K-2 Units: Each unit has 5 lessons plans with fun and engaging hands on science activities, NASA resources, cultural connections, word walls and take home activities.

3-5 Units: Each unit has 6 lessons plans with fun and engaging hands on science activities, NASA resources, cultural connections, word walls and take home activities. These grade level units contain an extra lesson plan of Living Things.

All CLACE Lesson Plans contain the following components in a nice and easy to follow format:

  1. Summary
  2. NASA Resource
  3. Grade Level
  4. Children Learning Outcomes
  5. Big Question
  6. Lesson Format
  7. National Standards Addressed
  8. Materials (Number of items and of quantity)
  9. Illustration (when helpful)
  10. Take Home Kit
  11. Word Wall (English and Spanish)
  12. Directions
  13. Assessment
  14. Related NASA Activities and Resources (All translated into Spanish)
  15. Background Information
  16. Cultural Background Information
  17. Lesson Connections

Please visit the following link to access CLACE’s Green Labs Unit and Lesson Plans:

Take Home activities:

To make sure that our after-school experiences extends to the household, and in order to help keep parents and family members more involved in the student’s learning experience, when possible, we like to send our students home with easy take home activity kits with bilingual instructions so that everyone in the family can experience what students are learning. The students are asked to facilitate these activities at home. This not only empowers our students, but also their parents and other family members to get involved.


CLACE program (grades 6-12)

The digital story-telling component of our program aims to impact Latino Middle and High school level students. Participants learn to utilize the most appropriate digital and media creation tools and equipment that allow them to conduct guided data discovery activities (MyNASAData and other reliable sources) to explore climate change topics and Social topics impacting their lives and their community. Resulting videos are shown through our student’s You Tube channel, during family and community events, and highlighted through local Hispanic media.

We have worked with a total of 40 high school students and 21 middle school students from Fairview High School, Manhattan Middle School in St. Vrain Valley and Westview Middle School, in Boulder, CO. We met twice a week for 1.5 hours each time. All participating schools provide computers with editing software and weekly snacks. Working with one experienced video producer and an environmental educator, our students develop skills in filming, digital story telling, and video editing. To date, our students have produced a total of 25 climate change videos. Our Video Lab students completed a total of 25 climate change videos.

The videos (totaling 30) highlight of our student’s learning are found at the following URL:

Elementary School Student Video Lab: As a way to explore future work with elementary school students, our videographer worked with a 4th. grade student in a video production. This amazing student decided to work on “When two cultures meet” and created following video with great success:

CLACE Media Documentaries

Together with Univision Colorado (Hispanic media channel 10), CLACE receive an EMMY Award in September 2014l. Bellow our 2 Segments on Climate Change.

1) Climate Change Part I: EMMY Award 2014

2) Climate Change Part II: EMMY Award 2014

3) Droughts:

The Space Science Institute (SSI) also highlighted our exemplary programs at StarNet Community Libraries, please visit link below:

LINKS to all CLACE programs and Resources:

1)    Green Labs Unit and Lesson Plans:

3)    Video Lab Lesson Plans and Videos:

4)    Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies training:

5)    Contractors Handbook:

Video developed for Boulder County Energy Smart Program:



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