National Leap into Science Week 2023

Increase awareness of science and literacy learning in community settings by participating! National Leap into Science Week will be held February 19 – 25.  The annual celebration of science and literacy learning is for all participating educators, state leaders, and organizations across the Leap into Science National Network

National Leap into Science Week Programming Suggestions 

  • Partner with organizations in your community to host a program. 
  • Invite a content specialist to join your event and speak about their work. 
  • Provide take-home materials for families to explore at home. 
  • Share pictures or videos on social media with approval from parents/guardians using guidelines from the Social Media Toolkit
  • Share your events, including pictures and videos, on our private Leap into Science Educators Facebook Group.

National Leap into Science Week Educator Showcase 

Join the National Leap into Science Week celebration with the Educator Showcase on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00pm. Organizers are showcasing the past five years of the amazing work LiS educators have provided our communities. Five educators across diffierent states in the network will tell us about their greatest Leap into Science memories. Don’t miss out on showing support to your fellow educators by attending! Register here.

Empowering Educators to Offer Programs in Community Settings

Leap into Science is a national program with a mission to integrate open-ended science activities with children’s books and literacy efforts in libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. LiS was developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Learn more at leap.fi.edu.

Leap into Science Leadership Bios 

Paige Bredenkamp: Paige is the School Library Consultant with the Wyoming State Library. She has worked in Nebraska and Wyoming as a classroom teacher, as a school librarian, and as a Title I tutor. She has a B.A. in English literature from Humboldt State University, a B.S. in education from Chadron State College, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and holds a school library media endorsement. Paige lives in Cheyenne.  

Susan McGuire: Susan is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education (WyAEE). She has been involved in environmental education for over 30 years. She taught biology courses at Central College in Iowa, worked at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, served as the director of education at the Teton Science Schools, and mentors graduate students in environmental education at Prescott College in Arizona. Susan lives in Jackson.  

Emily Vercoe: Emily is the Special Programs Associate with the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance. She has diverse experience in formal and informal education and is passionate about cultivating curiosity among learners of all ages. Emily has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South where she studied Art History and American Studies and a pair of master’s degrees in Nonprofit Management and Science Education. Emily lives in Laramie. 

Learn About Building the STEAM Mindset in Wyoming

Creating a STEAM mindset in young children may seem daunting, especially if there’s an end goal in mind. But instead, focus on the experience rather than the outcome, working together to ask questions about the world around us, learning together through observation and experimentation. Read the full story!

Leap into Science Trainings at 2022 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference

WYAA hosted two Leap into Science trainings as part of the 2022 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference on October 21-22 in Casper: Leap into Science: An Easy Approach to STEAM and Simple Approaches to Building a STEAM Mindset. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Remember, science does not have to be intimidating! In fact, many children already possess a scientist’s curiosity and only need an adult to guide them.

Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.


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