TEF funding has supported important community outreach taking place via the ROSE (Resources and Opportunities in Science Education) Project, which is a program of Edgewood College’s Science Outreach Office.

This program provides parents and children from under-represented backgrounds with resources and opportunities in science. The goals of the ROSE Project are to increase the capacity for parents to mentor and encourage their children in the areas of science, engineering, and technology; give parents positive experiences with and increased knowledge in science; and to give students and their parents the opportunity to gain familiarity and comfort with the college science environment.

The ROSE project includes science nights where families participate in science activities that focus on STEM resources, and provides an engaging and positive science experience.

TEF funding has made a very positive impact on the Project. For example, the ROSE Project has been able to purchase items such as stop-action animation equipment, used at events in Madison-area elementary schools. One example on an event was with Latino families at Lincoln Elementary, where parents created a video to teach their children about healthy habits. Discussion centered on how their children can use this technology for homework assignments and to be creatively engaged with technology. At the conclusion of the evening, families took with them important new knowledge on the technology, the link for free software to make additional movies, play dough to create figures, and other assorted goodies.

The words of thanks to TEF were simple but heartfelt from Amy Schiebel, Ph.D., the Office of Science Outreach Director at Edgewood College: “The generosity of your foundation is much appreciated.”