SNAP (Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia)

SNAP (Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia) is an out-of-school time program for middle school students grades 6 to 8. Launched in August 2012 with a one-week summer camp, SNAP explores the crossroads of science and art, increasing children's scientific literacy while fostering artistic creativity and expression. The Institute is partnering with Saint Joseph's University to bring SNAP afterschool programming to 4 local schools: Kearny, William D. Kelley, Meade, and Morris elementary schools.

SNAP incorporates many of the same essential components as GeoKids, but at a more complex level appropriate to middle school students. Lessons are designed to help students discover parallels in the processes involved in science and art. Self-expression of learning through individual creativity is an important piece of SNAP programming.

"Much like the scientific method, art making - and printmaking specifically, are processes that involve research, observation, and experimentation. I look forward to watching our students discover these similarities as they use one to inform the other - art to document science and science to power their art," says Rebecca Gilbert, a local printmaker and the Wagner's conservation technician, who worked with SNAP students this past summer.

View examples of students' recent work on the SNAP program blog, including wildlife-themed linocuts and habitat dioramas.

Image of a linocut and mixed media work by a SNAP student

For more information please contact the Children's Education Department at 215-763-6529 x15.

General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America Grant.


























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