The KINSC has a longstanding commitment to supporting science and community outreach. Through our outreach programs, we aim to share a deeper understanding of science and its applications with the community. Student participants develop valuable communication skills as well as a sense of accomplishment and leadership.
The Haverfarm is a year-round farming and educational space designed to integrate sustainable food and agriculture into the academic and extracurricular lives of Haverford students, faculty, staff, and community members.
With a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential learning, the Haverfarm invites students and other members of the community to engage with issues of food justice and local, progressive agriculture.
Mentoring and Student Teaching (MAST)
The Mentoring And Student Teaching program is a long-standing outreach program. The program provides laboratory experience and writing tutorials for 20-25 Philadelphia area middle school students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
The young students come to the Haverford campus for five Saturdays in the spring semester and spend the day engaging in scientific experiments and science communication. Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students prepare the course curricula, and work with the middle school students in small groups. Haverford College faculty act as advisers for this program.
The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.
The telescopes are also periodically made available for public use with teaching assistants and/or professors present to provide assistance and background information about what is being viewed. Events include observing though one or more of our telescopes (weather permitting), activities for children, and a student-led talk on a topic in astronomy.