Let’s repeat three times, “Science is fun. Science is exciting. Science is fun. Science is exciting. Science is fun. Science is exciting.”
So — you’re not convinced? North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter has a remedy. Our “Project SEE” program is designed to get middle schools students involved, excited, and motivated about science.
The “SEE” stands for Science and Everyday Experiences. It is an informal science education project funded by the National Science Foundation. The focus of the program is to show how everyday experiences are indeed, miniature science experiments at work. This is an excellent opportunity to help increase students’ knowledge and understanding of Chemistry, Engineering and Mathematics with laboratory experiments, team challenges, and peer interactions that connect learning to everyday life.
Why the focus on science and mathematics? Look at our world today and the challenges facing us — the environment, medical advances, manufacturing of products and goods. It’s a long list and it is our belief that a memorable experience that involves active participation in exciting and challenging experiments, coupled with mentor/peer relationships, has the potential to positively affect future educational and career decisions of our student participants.
So now you’re intrigued and want to know how to get involved. Project SEE helps parents and caregivers of African-American middle school age children (6th, 7th and 8th graders) develop effective ways to support childrens informal science and mathematics learning experiences. Selected students are chosen based on the strength of their essay, letter of recommendation and their interest and desire to learn science. This student shows promise beyond the classroom. The ideal Project SEE participant works well with others and takes direction well.
Sessions are held on Saturdays and feature hands-on laboratory experiments in a college laboratory. There are sessions on forensic analysis, pharmacy techniques, and engineering designing. A professional scientist will lecture about his or her career and a Mensa-like challenge session will be conducted requiring students to apply science techniques and strategies.
Project SEE is indeed fun and exciting. Join us in grooming the next generation’s great scientific minds!