The Pasadena Chapter of Westside Science Club was started in Fall 2014 based on the success of CCI Solar’s collaboration with the WSSC Venice Chapter. WSSC teamed up with the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena in order to serve a population in high need in the community. Kidspace chose 5 Acres as their community partner, deciding to work with the non-public high school at the organization. The school is an intensive therapeutic learning environment for children in 9-10th grades with academic, emotional, behavioral and social challenges which are best addressed with an alternative educational setting.
Together, Ben Dickow of WSSC Venice, CCI-Solar and Kidspace develop lessons for the Science Club. Lessons from the successful collaboration with WSSC Venice and CCI Solar are used in conjunction with activities from Kidspace’s Imagination Workshop, feeding off of the interests of the Club members. The Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month with two different classes at the 5 Acres’ school.