Community Ambassador Program

Join Sci-Tech Discovery Center in spreading STEM learning this spring! As part of Total Eclipse of the Park, Sci-Tech will collaborate with five local, youth-serving organizations to provide eclipse event/program kits. Along with eclipse themed activity materials, the kits will also include lesson plans, posters of diverse STEM professionals in astronomy and aerospace careers, eclipse viewing glasses, and more! Selected organizations will also receive FREE training around leading informal STEM events and teaching activities.

Organizations Selected Will Receive:

Please note that materials & training provided in this program must be used for FREE programming per the guidelines of the granting organization, the Simons Foundation. (Once your eclipse program/event is completed, materials may be utilized for any purpose.)

  • Hands-on, STEM event kits with the same activity materials as Total Eclipse of the Park
  • 3 Lesson plans and signage for all hands-on activities
  • Event planning and STEM education training for 2-4 staff or volunteers from your organization
  • A set of posters representing diverse STEM professionals in aerospace and astronomy fields
  • Up to 100 eclipse viewing glasses (Number to be determined by size of organization)
  • Public recognition of your organization on the Total Eclipse of the Park website

Organization Requirements:

Before completing the application, please ensure that your organization meets the qualifications for this program.

  • Must be a youth-serving organization (18 & under)
  • Must be located within the path of 100% totality (Click here to see if you qualify)
  • Must be located within 45 miles of Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Click here to see if you qualify)
  • Must be able to serve at least 25 youth with your program kit
  • Must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (No schools, libraries, etc.)

Program Timeline:

  • Applications are due by 5PM on Friday, March 1st.
  • Ambassador organizations selected will be notified by Wednesday, March 6th.
  • Training will be held at Sci-Tech on a Saturday or Sunday in mid/late March. The date will be selected based on applicants’ availability. The chosen date will be sent out with notice of selection.
  • Ambassador organizations will be expected to utilize their event kits with organizational youth and/or the public either on Monday, April 8th or leading up to the eclipse.

Reporting Requirements:

Ambassador organizations will be expected to report back to Sci-Tech the data listed below by April 22nd.

  1. # of youth & adults served/impacted by your programming
  2. Date, time and location of your event/programming
  3. Any demographic data collected about attendees