The Environmental Science Workshop is a unique program for students to engage in hands-on science concepts, while gaining an appreciation for how surplus materials can be kept out of the landfill and re-used in creative and exciting ways. The Environmental Science Workshop program reaches over 600 students each week. The Workshop creates environments where young people explore science by tinkering and becoming authors of their own educational experiences. Materials and tools are provided and the program is free.
The Watsonville Workshop was first established in 1997 as part of the California Community Science Workshop expansion made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Watsonville's Workshop continues to thrive thanks to numerous generous sponsors and the City of Watsonville Public Works Department. Now, the Workshop includes many afterschool and community locations, and a brand new on - the - go mobile program.
Science Workshop Philosophy
Our philosophy of "learning through discovery" is inspired by the Community Science Workshop Network and its multiple sites all over California. There is a common thread that runs through these sites and it is centered around the CSW Network's vision "for all youth to be inspired by, and engaged in, the everyday wonder of science in the world around them; to identify themselves as scientists, engineers, problem-solvers, and builders; and to be empowered to be the producers (not consumers) of their own education." It is "do-it-yourself" science with an emphasis on enjoying the sense of discovery that comes from experimentation.