SOC Mission: Seeds of Change, Inc. (SOC) is a Minnesota 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to influence high school students to pursue science-related careers by immersing them in original research experiences that ignite in each student a passion for science. SOC programs deliberately relate real-world problems of enormous consequences for mankind to student research. Our mission is to use these authentic, original research experiences to begin a process of changing the way science is taught in our secondary school systems.
Tropical Field Research Immersion Program: During the Seeds of Change Tropical Rainforest Research Program, students are immersed in a hands-on field research program that takes advantage of the immense biodiversity of the tropical rainforest. They learn how to apply the scientific method while collaborating with team members to establish their original research question as well as the experimental design for their project. Students work together to implement the steps effectively and learn how to work as a team to overcome challenges and rebound from failures within resource and time constraints, just as in any real-world project. They use statistics to validate the results of their experiments and give presentations showing the results of their work, just like any research scientist would!