Message from the SEE Project Director
the STEM Connection
Each year, April 15th is associated with paying
taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is the day when
individuals must settle their tax bill. Many complain about the
funds that are paid after completing the IRS Form 1040. But consider
the alternative to paying fewer taxes. That is, being unemployed
or under-employed! The education and career choices made will
impact your earning potential.
In addition to being an informal education program,
The Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) Project, is also a
long-range workforce initiative designed to encourage African
American students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) courses. One major objective of SEE is
to emphasize how science is all around us as a part of our everyday
experiences. Moreover, SEE concentrates on showing African American
youth and their families that science does not have to be difficult — it
can be a lot of fun and there are many career choices for our
youth to consider.
Despite headlines touting the exodus of information
technology (IT) jobs through outsourcing to countries like India,
China, and other foreign places, where labor is cheap, there
are still tremendous job opportunities, both domestic and abroad
for workers with the right combination of skills.
Studies report a deficit in the number of workers
needed to fill jobs in science, engineering, mathematics, and
technology well into our foreseeable future. We can help fill
this gap, but the preparation must start now. In order to ensure
the future success of our next generation, there needs to be
change on two sides. Students must abandon old fears and negative
attitudes about math, while parents and teachers partner to facilitate
this change in attitude by finding new and creative ways to teach
challenging material. The new culture of thinking among everyone
(students, parents and teachers) reinforces the new mind-set — mastering
STEM courses — and widens the horizon to new career
In our highly technological society, excellence in science and
mathematics are clear requirements for success. More subtle,
but of equal importance is the ability to communicate effectively.
Termed the “soft skills,” employers are paying more
attention to candidates’ oral and written communications
skills. Students who are skilled in science and technology and
possess good communications skills will be thoroughly equipped
to seek the extensive career opportunities in STEM areas. Use
the resources on this site to help a young person begin on a
path to exploring mathematics, science, technology and engineering.
Guide them and watch them blossom and grow into successful students,
well on their way to advancing humanity.