and Everyday Experiences Initiative (SEE)
As Project SEE exits its planning year
and enters its second year of implementation, the momentum grows
exponentially! Approximately 55 regional and state coordinators
representing more than 900 chapters of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority
are now mobilized globally to permeate African-American communities
with informal science and mathematics education activities for children.
The coordinators, who have a background in mathematics, science,
or technology, were trained at AAAS in June and have been on the
move since. Their enthusiasm, energy and creativity are only matched
by their dedication. The project is now planning to put the promotions
piece in place with a debut on Radio One, Inc., followed by plans
to make its first appearance in the Kids' Corner of the Afro-American
Newspaper of Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the SEE
website to learn more about this innovative project.
Mission to Vearth is a new web based, interactive science story
game that has been developed for children age 8-11 for individual
use or team play in after school clubs.
This fall, Kinetic
City features four new missions, focusing on the earth and
the forces that shape it, systems, and the harvesting of power.
As in every Kinetic City mission, children log on to www.kineticcity.com,
visit the Control Car to view the latest mission, and then perform
a series of five learning activities. They then test their knowledge
in the Mission to Vearth game. Over the coming years, children
will be able to play a total of 60 missions, covering all 12 chapters
of Project 2061's Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
Environment Activities Pays (LEAP), funded by the National Science
Foundation, is a project with The Learning Bank of Baltimore, MD.
Working with adult literacy students and their families, Project
LEAP uses environmental science activities to teach learners science
process skills and help relate current environmental issues to their
local neighborhoods, as well as to the larger world. The activities
focus on a variety of topics such as acid rain, the greenhouse effect,
and energy sources. Currently in the pilot phase, the aim of the
initiative is to expand Project Leap to other literacy centers across
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Roadmaps and Rampways: Profiles of Students with
Disabilities in Science, Engineering, and Technology, chronicles
the personal and educational journeys of three dozen ENTRY POINT!
students, showing how they bridged the gap between society constraints
and scientific pursuits. It also shows how the students were helped
by assistive technologies, supportive mentors and families, and
legislation that opened higher education to people with disabilities.
The book, co-authored by Virginia Stern, director of the AAAS Project
on Science, Technology and Disability, and science writer Michael
Woods, focuses on useful strategies for translating educational
skills into the workplace. It emphasizes that no “one-size-fits-all”
approach accounts for successful transitions beyond the classroom.
To order a copy
of Roadmaps and Rampways, please call 1-800-222-7809. The cover
price of the book is $29.95; AAAS members can purchase it at the
discounted price of $23.95. For further information on the Project
on Science, Technology, and Disability please contact Virginia Stern,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-326-6630 (voice/tdd).