Spring 2021 Species Explorers Application

VAI Afterschool Cohort | 2021 Spring Species Explorers

Explore our living world through the observations of plants and animals in this virtual afterschool cohort. Learn about our resident animals and deepen your understanding of what all organisms need to survive. Finally, use your new knowledge to build a habitat for your very own organism! As a bonus, you’ll also visit with experts to discover more about exotic plants and animals! The Van Andel Institute for Education (VAI) Afterschool Cohort is committed to advancing and promoting science education and increasing the number of students who choose to pursue careers in science or science-related fields. We are looking for students who are curious, passionate about science, and enjoy working with others. Students in 4th and 5th grade in Spring 2021 are eligible to apply. Students and Parents must commit to participating for one semester. Participation is secured on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participant Information:

  • Participants Name * Required
  • Which of the following best describes your child's race or ethnicity? Check all that apply.
  • Type of School * Required
  • Please identify any significant medical condition (i.e. asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc.), or injuries that may affect your child’s participation.
  • Parent/Guardian Information:

  • Parent/Guardian 1 Name * Required
  • Address * Required
  • Relationship to Participant * Required
  • Parent/Guardian 2 Name
  • Address
  • Relationship to Participant
  • Applicant's Story & Parent Recommendation

  • Tell us about yourself. What are you curious about? What interests you? What is your favorite subject in school? Why? What do you do outside of school? What do you want to know more about? Upload the applicant's story below.
  • Please explain why you would like your child to be in the VAI Cohort Program (include ways your child demonstrates creativity and curiosity, and give examples of how your child enjoys working with others). Upload the parent/guardian recommendation below.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.