The Urban Science Corps is an engaging, participatory, highly mobile
science program dedicated to helping encourage and prepare urban youth
(ages 5-17) to enter science and technology academic, career, and
The Urban Science Corps is the allied organization that carries out ArctiQuest,
an official project of the International Polar Year, designed to
inspire, engage, and employ youth to enter the science community,
sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Mission Directorate.
afternoon, a troupe of Science Coaches guide urban youth through
participatory ArctiQuest Research eXpeditions, exploring ice in the
solar system and conducting research inspired by Science Champions:
leading International Polar Year science champions who are members of
the Science League of America.
The Urban Science Corps
engages students in urban ecology research projects, utilizing mobile
science labs, guided by science-savvy Inquiry Coaches who guide them
into the exhilarating world of scientific inquiry and discovery. These
coaches are drawn from students attending local colleges and
universities and reflect the diversity of the students with whom they
The program teaches participants to think how
scientists think and do what scientists do, and emulates how NASA
scientists work collaboratively on scientist-generated research
Richard Shope, National Director
Coaching the Practice of Scientific Inquiry
The Urban Science Corps consists of science savvy inquiry coaches leading urban youth eXplorers through Science Research eXpeditions at after school programs, recreation centers, community centers, museums, and science centers.
Since 2006, the Urban Science Corps has served urban communities nationwide, throughout California's Innovation Corridor, based in Greater Los Angeles and along the East Coast Corridor, based in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Greater New York City.