Delta Tree Initiative
Changing misconceptions about women in STEM through talk, research experience, and education
An Alabama Nonprofit Organization
Delta Tree Initiative began as a club for high school girls at Bessemer Academy in 2014. Since then, we have grown into an organization which introduces both middle and high school girls to STEM activities, careers, and mentors in Bessemer, Hale County, and Tuscaloosa.
Delta stands for change, and TREE is an acronym for Talk, Research Experience, and Education. We seek to change misconceptions about women in STEM fields through Talk, Research Experience, and Education.
Delta Tree Initiative is committed to helping change misconceptions about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields through talk, research experience, and education. Our mission is to engage young women in STEM fields, to change their own misconceptions about their abilities and chances of success in the fields, and to promote the advancement of women in STEM by empowering young women to serve as leaders in STEM demonstrations, activities, and mentoring partnerships for younger students, both male and female. Through these programs, we aim to increase the number of young women interested in pursuing STEM careers and to challenge common misconceptions about women’s abilities to thrive and succeed in STEM fields.
We have one chapter open to both middle and high school girls at Bessemer Academy, as well as a middl school chapter in Hale County and an elementary/middle school chapter in Tuscaloosa.
Words from our Students:
"Changed my mind about science."
"Delta Tree showed me that even a woman can go into the science field. Joining Delta Tree has made me want to go into the science field more and more."
"Delta Tree is the only reason I get excited to wake up and go to school at 7 in the morning."
"Reminds me that I can do everything boys can do."
"Delta Tree brings awareness to the array of occupations in the STEM fields."
"Delta Tree has shown me that I'm not the only lady left with a passion for science."
"We share bonds like molecules."
Delta Tree Initiative programming was converted to a virtual format for the 2020-2021 school year. We plan to resume normal, in-person, programming for the 2021-2022 school year pending the progress of COVID-19 and school decisions.