*Also visit our SALSA! page in Spanish!
What is SALSA!?
SALSA! is an afterschool science program designed by a team of scientists at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) of Durham, North Carolina. NESCent is a nonprofit science center that supports both evolutionary biology research and community outreach, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The SALSA! (Seeing and Learning Science After-school) program aims to introduce elementary school students to basic concepts in evolution with fun, hands-on activities. The goal of SALSA! is to get children interested in evolutionary biology and closely-related fields such as genetics, ecology, and conservation biology. SALSA! was originally designed to reach out to under-represented minority students and has been used in both school and after-school settings. All of the activities are available in Spanish as well as English.
The SALSA! Program
SALSA! consists of several hands-on science activities divided into four modules: genetics and inheritance, adaptation and natural selection, biodiversity and conservation, and evolution and medicine. This organization intends to “tell a story” of evolution by starting with the most fundamental, small-scale concepts (genetics, adaptation) and progressing to real-world applications (conservation, medicine). Although the “story” is best told sequentially, each activity can be used independently.