Science Linkages in the Community
(SLIC) is an initiative of the Education Programs at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The primary goal of SLIC
is to enhance the effectiveness of community-based organizations and schools
in providing science, mathematics and technology (SMT) activities. Initiated
in 1993 by AAAS and initially funded by the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest
Fund, the SLIC Initiative strives to better equip community-based organizations
and schools to forge alliances, improve the SMT curriculum, ensure equitable
dissemination of resources, and provide for a stable SMT education infrastructure
for generations to come.
Through customized, fee-based
technical assistance, the SLIC Initiative provides trainers, volunteers,
teachers, educators, administrators and leaders in community-based organizations
and schools with the training, skills, curricula and materials needed to
offer hands-on, inquiry-based science, mathematics and technology activities.
The SLIC Initiative has provided
technical assistance for community-based organizations, libraries, schools,
museums, churches, science centers, corporations, foundations, and colleges
and universities. Conferences, workshops and seminars have been conducted
for the National Urban League, the National Council of La Raza, Girls Inc.,
the Louisiana Department of Education, the National Organization of Black
Chemists and Chemical Engineers, National Easter Seal Society, the Society
of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, the Salvation Army, and many
other community-based organizations and school systems nationwide.
For more information, visit
the SLIC Technical Assistance
The SLIC Initiative also
and other resources, including our latest publication, TechLinks
for CTCs: Science, Math, Health and Literacy Activities for Community Technology
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), founded in 1848,
is the world’s largest federation of scientific and engineering societies.
It currently has over 140,000 individual members and nearly 300 affiliated
societies and academies of science. AAAS publishes Science,
the weekly professional journal, and Science
Books and Films (SB&F), a source of critical reviews for schools
AAAS’s top programmatic priority
is to improve science, mathematics, and technology education for youth.
Given the growing importance of science and technology in our society,
it is crucial that the greater public, including women, minorities, and
people with disabilities, see science as a part of their everyday lives.
AAAS efforts strengthen all aspects of education, both informal and formal,
and broaden the opportunities for all young people to pursue science and
For more information concerning
AAAS' work in science education, please go to the web page for the AAAS
AAAS has a proven track record
of providing affordable professional development for teachers and leaders
in community-based organizations. We stay on top of the ever-changing
reform movement in science, math and technology education at the state
and federal levels. We also work closely with curriculum experts,
Title I and other federal education program coordinators, and bilingual,
math, science, special education and Head Start supervisors. The
SLIC Institute Technical Assistance Training provides the highest quality,
in-depth instruction to strengthen instructors’ skills and confidence in
teaching science to their students.
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