Hands On Science


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We began in 1980 as a community-based informal science program in Montgomery County, Maryland.

In 1982 Hands On Science came under the auspices of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association's nonprofit corporation, Education Programs, Inc. (EPI). Parents in this large countywide school system were eager to make science enrichment equally available to all of its elementary school population. EPI was itself developed by the county's parent-teacher support group to offer afterschool foreign language classes and then expanded to include other enrichment activities as well as Hands On Science.

The Hands On Science Outreach (HOSO) nonprofit corporation was formed in 1984 to respond to program requests outside of Montgomery County, MD.

In 1985 The National Science Foundation awarded HOSO a grant to test the viability of the program in other communities. During the grant period, HOSO developed its first "training of trainers" model, its manuals, and its monitoring and evaluation tools.

Today, Hands On Science continues to provide afterschool programs in Maryland and is also found in more than 33 other states, South America, Europe and Asia.

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