Message from the SEE Project Director
SEE — Based on Everyday Items
But Not an Everyday Occurrence!
During a Principal Investigators
conference conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
at AAAS in late 2004, the SEE staff met other organizations doing
informal science projects funded by NSF. During the course of
the meeting, we realized the awesome responsibility and the confidence
placed in Delta Sigma Theta in partnership with AAAS and the
Delta Research & Educational Foundation. Delta is the only
organization of its kind to be funded by NSF of the 68 informal
science education programs. In addition Project SEE received
the eighth largest monetary award ($1.7M) of the 68 organizations.
These organizations include
the University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts, Cornell
University and the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
The work that Project SEE does is based
upon everyday items. However, it is clear that SEE is not an
everyday occurrence. As we have passed the three year milestone
in this unusual journey, it is also clear that the Project
needs your ideas, skills and commitment as SEE Leaders. But
more importantly, the African American children and parents
we are trying to reach across the country and internationally
need our assurance of delivering on our promise to:
Help families become creators and informed
users of science,
Change the family culture in which science
is deemed important and worthy of participation,
Deliver inquiry-based informal science learning
to families who are not well served.
In the remaining 18 months of Project
SEE funding, let’s use our SEE Checklist to make this unusual
occurrence in the field of informal science a phenomenal success
by some phenomenal women!
- Conduct SEE community events,
- Conduct SEE training sessions at chapter, regional, state
or cluster meetings,
- Conduct Parent Educator training,
- Attend Regional meetings to provide SEE updates and conduct
training or workshops,
- Maintain SEE training and community events statistics,
- Input on-line Event Reflection Form for each event,
- Identify and partner with community/parent groups (HSAs,
PTAs, Community Training Centers, etc.), and
- Establish a monthly SEE Alert newsletter for chapters.
involved with Delta SEE for nine months or more?
If so, please
click here and complete a short follow-up
Done a Delta SEE event recently?
so, please click here and tell
us what you did!