Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning at the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium Explainer team has begun a new program called “STARS” (Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning). This program builds on the work of the Explainer program: youth and workforce development through transformative learning practices.
The vision of the STARS program is to expand inclusion, belonging, and relevance in informal science learning with a focus on addressing inequities based on gender, sexuality, and race. STARS’ innovative educational offerings provide Exploratorium audiences with experiences that center excluded identities in STEAM and education fields.
STARS Transitional-Aged Youth (TAY) Cohort
The 2021 STARS internship cohort was a group of 13 transitional-aged youth (TAY) that centered trans and queer people and people of color. The STARS cohort collaborated with other Exploratorium teams to produce educational content to reach the STARS program goals.
Additionally, program interns engaged in both collaborative workforce development and STEAM and education career exposure, built confidence and connection for self-efficacy, practiced science communication, and developed and implemented learning experiences.
2021 STARS Offerings
During the pandemic-related closure at the Exploratorium, the STARS program reached our communities through virtual engagement. In collaboration with the Exploratorium Public Programs team STARS developed the following virtual public programs for After Dark Online: