Science Outreach




The ROSE Project

The ROSE (Resources and Opportunities in Science Education) Project is a program housed within Edgewood College’s Office of Science Outreach. This program aims to provide parents from under-represented backgrounds with resources and opportunities in science for themselves and their children. Edgewood College partners with several community centers and schools throughout the Madison area and hosts several science nights at which families participate in science activities while learning more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) resources.

History

The ROSE program begins with the story of a young African American Edgewood High School student, Floyd Rose Jr. His father, Dr. Floyd Rose Sr. came to Dr. Amy Schiebel of the Edgewood College Office of Science Outreach, in hopes of finding a way to engage his son in scientific research opportunities. These opportunities began by pairing Floyd Jr. with an Edgewood Professor and working on science projects. Floyd Jr. went on to work with faculty at the UW-Madison Biomedical department. He greatly benefited from these engagement opportunities - he went on to be accepted to Notre Dame, from which he graduated as the first African American with a degree in Physics. Upon seeing Floyd Jr.’s success, Dr. Rose and Dr. Schiebel worked to develop a program that would direct its focus on parents, helping them to find resources and opportunities for their children in STEM fields while simultaneously teaching parents more about science concepts and providing an engaging and positive experience in science.

Classic ROSE

With our Classic ROSE model, we form a partnership between the Office of Science Outreach and an organization, usually an elementary school or a neighborhood center. We organize one event per site and per semester, and we typically go to the institution during the first semester and then invite the institution to come to the Edgewood College campus during the second semester. Events include dinner as a large group and then the parents goto one room and children go to another, with both groups participating in unique science lessons and activities.

Goals

  1. Increase the capacity for parents to mentor and encourage their children in the areas of science, engineering, and technology.
  1. Provide parents with avenues to obtainpositive experiences in science.
  1. Increase parent knowledge in science.
  1. Bring parents and their children to the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College campus to gain familiarity and comfort with the college science environment.

ROSE Community STEM Fellows

The STEM Fellows Program piloted in the winter of 2019 as a way to engage parents who wanted to go further with their science engagement. Teams were made up of three to four “Fellows” who represent a combination of staff and parents at various schools and community centers.  Our four initial partners were Lincoln Elementary, Leopold Elementary, Vera Court Neighborhood Center and Bridge Lake Point Waunona(BLW) Neighborhood Center. Fellows came to campus once per month for science and leadership training.  As a final project, each team put on a science event at their home institution in the spring. During the 2019-2020 school year, we have a goal of increasing our number of Fellows teams from four to eight.

Groups We Have Partnered with Since 2008:



RESOURCES

The following is a list of websites sorted out by general age group that can help give you extra guidance in your exploration of STEM concepts.

You will find links to science related games, factual content, and ideas for science projects and activities.


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RESOURCES

The following is a list of websites sorted out by general age group that can help give you extra guidance in your exploration of STEM concepts. 

You will find links to science related games, factual content, and ideas for science projects and activities.

 

                                Website                                                              About

Ages: 9-12 3rd-5th Grade

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ Contains games, quizzes, project ideas, experiment instructions, and fun facts!

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http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

On the left hand side of this page, you can choose your child’s grade level to find appropriate games, articles, and opportunities!

   Ages: 6-9     1st-3rd Grade

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ This website has videos, short reading lessons, and quizzes. They also have sections for English and Math topics!

 Ages: 10-13   4th-6th Grade

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/

This site is all about nature and the environment. There are lots of videos about natural processes and links to information about tons of different wild animals.

Great for students interested in nature and animals!

Ages: 9-13 3rd-6th Grade

http://www.lovemyscience.com/ Contains tabs for experiment instructions (complete with step by step pictures!), games, fun facts, a glossary of science terms and more!

Ages: 4-12   4K-6th Grade

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ Another great site full of information about different animals. Contains games, fun and easy to read articles, photo sharing, and videos!

Ages: 11-16 4th-10th Grade

http://www.ducksters.com/science/

This site has tons of information on different science topics. A great supplement to in-school learning.

At the bottom of the page you can find links to other school topics, such as US and World History. While this site may look geared towards younger kids, the information is applicable to classes throughout high school.