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Education Programs

Education Programs

Youth Education Programs

The Franklin Center has been a leading provider of youth out-of-school time programs since 1995.  Currently, programming focuses on the provision of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and entrepreneurship programming to schools in Lawrence and Beaver counties.

STEM After-school Programs Include:

STEM Stars:

An elementary after-school science program which is currently being offered in the Aliquippa School District.  Students in this program receive weekly STEM enrichment in the form of engineering lessons and experiential activities.  Students are provided with a snack as part of the program.

CANES 21st Century Learning Center Program: http://www.ncasd.com/canesclub.aspx

The Franklin Center serves as the STEM enrichment provider for the New Castle School District’s CANES 21st Century Learning Centers program.  During the course of this school year, students have participated in robotics, engineering, manufacturing and environmental enrichment programming in 3rd-7th grades.

Family Maker Nights:

Offered in both Beaver and Lawrence counties, these once a month family activities focus on STEM and technology-based take-home projects.  Projects have included wooden block circuits, 3D pen projects, and wearable electronics/sewable circuits.

STEM Summer Programs Include:

Science Camp (STEMS)

Green Team

Med-Adventures Summer Camp

A summer architecture and construction camp for middle and high school ages girls called Dream, Design, Build is also available.  Past partners in this program have included the Carpenter’s Union, and the Beaver County Career and Technical Center.

Dream, Design Build

Entrepreneurship After-School Programs Include:

CANES 21st Century Learning Center Program: http://www.ncasd.com/canesclub.aspx

Students in 8th-11th grades at New Castle’s CANES program have studied entrepreneurship this year and have both solved real-life problems and are in the process of creating their own products for sale in May.

Entrepreneurship Summer Programs Include:

Biz Camp

Lemonade Day


Holiday Season Programs

Breakfast with Santa

Every year on the second Saturday in December, needy children and their families are treated to a hot breakfast, visit and photo with Santa, and a new book and toy.  Many partners come together every year to make this special event happen.

Winter Coat Distribution

The Franklin Center participates in the yearly One Warm Coat (http://www.onewarmcoat.org/) winter coat distribution.  The Franklin Center accepts new and gently used coats from local coat drives and distributes them to adults and children who are in need.


College Access Program

The Aliquippa Project, our college access program in partnership with Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio provides community and on-campus supports to first-generation Aliquippa and Beaver County students who are attending or aspire to attend the historically black college. The 4-year old project had its first two graduates in 2015 and graduated an additional three African American students in the spring of 2016. The Franklin Center anticipates in the future expanding the program to include Howard University in Washington, D.C. 


Adult Education Programs

The Franklin Center is a partner in the City of New Castle’s Blueprint Communities adult entrepreneurship initiative.  This includes a yearly workshop series and conference held in October.  In 2017, workshops will be held once a month on the third Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm at The Confluence in New Castle.






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