The Need for Hands-on Science in Public Schools: A Community Partnership with AP Allograft 

 

African Americans are underrepresented in the areas of STEM education. 

According to a recent article by the Huffington Post, in 2009 African-Americans  earned 1% of all available degrees in the areas of science technology, and only 4% of all available degrees in the areas of math and statistics. Considering that blacks make up 12% of the overall U.S. population and 11% of the college education population there is a huge underrepresentation of blacks in the science fields.

To build African American competency in the areas of science and to encourage more black students to pursue careers in these fields, the Xi Omega Alumni chapter has made a focal point to support and develop local science initiatives. In 2012 Xi Omega partnered with Advanced Placement (AP) Allograft, an innovative, hands-on local after school science program. Created by Xi Omega Brother Imhotep Akili Pease, AP Allograft introduces students to various aspects of the Tissue Banking industry. In a laboratory setting students learn about and dissect human hearts, eyes, bones and nerves. Participating students have the opportunity to learn surgical techniques usually reserved for career professionals.  

Click on the video to see the pilot program of AP Allograft at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. If you are interested in bringing AP Allograft to your school please contact Imhotep Akili Pease at 213-309-2315 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also visit AP Allograft's website at http://www.apallograft.org/

 

 

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