The ROSE Project
The ROSE project (Resources and Opportunities in Science Education) is a program of Edgewood College’s Science Outreach Office. The program aims to provide parents from under-represented backgrounds with resources and opportunities in science for their children. Edgewood College partners with several community centers and schools throughout the Madison area and hosts science nights at which families participate in science activities while learning more about STEM resources.
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 Amy Schiebel of the Edgewood College Science Outreach Office in hopes of finding a way to engage his son in scientific research opportunities. These opportunities began with working with an Edgewood Professor doing science projects and advanced to working with faculty at the UW-Madison Biomedical department. Floyd Jr. greatly benefited from this engagement in science opportunities as 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, and helping them to find resources and opportunities for their children in STEM fields while simultaneously teaching them more about science concepts and providing an engaging and positive experience in science.
- Increase the capacity for parents to mentor and encourage their children in the areas of science, engineering, and technology.
- Give parents positive experiences in science.
- Increase parent knowledge in science.
- Bring parents and their children to the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood campus to gain familiarity and comfort with the college science environment.