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Delta Sigma Theta and DREF Implement SEE

In 2002, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in partnership with the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, began developing and implementing the 5-year Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) Initiative, an informal science education project funded by the National Science Foundation. The SEE Initiative helps parents and caregivers of African American elementary and middle school age children (K-8) develop effective ways to support children's informal science and mathematics learning experiences.
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Another partner in this community-based science effort includes Radio One, Inc., a conglomerate of 51 radio stations in urban and African American markets that served as the broadcast medium for the original Delta SEE Connection. The Delta SEE Connection is a series of interviews with African American role models that are contributors in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

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Components of the SEE Initiative:

Leadership and professional development activities to both prepare and mobilize the members of the 800+ Delta Chapters to serve as life-long informal science education organizers for family and community science events or as parent educators.

Communications and promotional activities include the following:

  • A science radio talk show, The Delta SEE Connection features African Americans in science, engineering and mathematics and highlights scientific research that is being conducted at private institutions and college campuses. Audio versions of these interviews along with brief written bios and photos of the scientists are available on the SEE Radio portion of this website. The interviews were also available for Black History Month through the SEE African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics podcasts.
  • Short interviews on Science Update, an award winning radio program produced by AAAS, in which scientists share information and results of research they have conducted.
  • Inquiry-based science activities including Kids Corner published on the website and in African American newspapers in all seven Delta Regions; and
  • A web site offering resources to trainers and families. SEE leaders report community activities for evaluation.

Partnership/alliance and dissemination activities include community outreach through training of volunteers in youth-oriented organizations such as the Links, Inc., Eastern Area; the Continental Society, DC Chapter, or providing youth field trips, parent education presentations at schools or exhibitions at the AAAS Family Science Day and Community Service events such as the DC Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Summit.

Materials include brochures, science-inquiry activity cards for families, manuals for trainers and parent educators, and a CD-based tutorial for SEE Leaders. Other materials provided are the TERC, Inc., At Home With Math kit and the SEE Portfolio Package designed to assist collegiate-based and other small groups in implementing a SEE project on a shoestring budget

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Link to Kids Corner

Link to SEE Radio interviews

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