Science and Engineering Education Center

Excite. Engage. Enable.

About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 2008 by Nobel Laureate Dr. Russell Hulse, the Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas creates, develops, and supports outreach programs that introduce learners to the wonder of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are focused on changing public perception about science and technology through the creation of  new learning experiences that bring citizens and scientists together.

 

What We Do 

In collaboration with the faculty, staff and students of the university, the SEEC works to connect the teaching and research that occurs on campus to the broader community by offering a Contact Science Lending Library.  

We bring the learning laboratory to you.

We place Exhibits  in venues accessible to the general public– like libraries and community centers. These exhibits serve as mobile educational laboratories that invite hands-on exploration of science and math fundamentals. Additional engagement may be nurtured by the addition of kits and materials, also available for loan.

We provide Kits and Materials  to engage learners in active investigation.

Kits consist of non-consumable instructional materials for active experimentation. Through investigation, participants grow in critical scientific inquiry skills.  Materials may be adapted to best suit the needs of your audience.

We share our expertise.

Throughout the year, the SEEC also collaborates on the design and delivery of customized skill-building workshops and large public outreach events. Visit our Events page to see the current schedule.

 

Our Goals

1) to advance STEM literacy and workforce preparation in the community;

2) to grow learner confidence and interest in the performance of STEM-related tasks; and

3) to advance educational practice, particularly with regards to informal science education and the effective use of out-of-school time.

 

Who We Work With

We focus primarily on bringing STEM programming to K-12 learners in their out-of-school time. 

  • With 115 program sites and 54 community partners, SEEC programs are diverse and far-reaching and occur on school campuses, at urban and rural libraries, at community centers, and at a variety of youth-serving nonprofit agencies.
  • SEEC serves a large number of learners traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including African Americans, Hispanics, females, and low income, urban and rural DFW youth student populations. Program partners outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are located as far as the East Texas/Arkansas border.
  • Thanks in part to the generous donations from corporate and foundation funders (to include State Farm, Texas Instruments, ExxonMobil Foundation), and state agencies like the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission, SEEC programming is available at low to no cost to program partners. 

If you are interested in working in partnership with the SEEC, contact us 

 

Why Out-of-School Time?

  • It is estimated that a child spends up to 80% of their waking hours outside of school. Research shows that learning that occurs outside of school, in informal environments, helps students positively approach new and unfamiliar topics, recognize and make meaning out of the science and math they encounter every day, grow in self-efficacy, and become more actively engaged in learning in the classroom as a result.
  • Many in the community do not have access to quality, affordable STEM programming outside of school. The SEEC, working with and through its community partners, are working to change this.
  • To respond to the growing need for accessible STEM programming in the out-of-school-time environment, the SEEC has grown consistently year-over-year. To date, it has served 337,433 learners across North Texas, either directly (through SEEC-facilitated programs) or indirectly (through agency partners who have been trained and equipped with the skills and materials needed to facilitate quality programs to the youth they serve).

Find out more fast facts about the SEEC and the impact we are having on the community we serve.