The SESA program was developed in 1989 when engineers from BP Chemicals, the Lima Refinery and educators from Allen County came together to discuss concerns regarding the minimal number of high school graduates interested in pursuing math and science related careers.
SESA is an innovative program that brings exciting, hands-on science lessons to the classroom. These lessons have been designed to inspire young minds, generate a love for science and provide powerful enrichment to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. All the lessons, provided by SESA, were developed by engineers, scientists and teachers and align with the Ohio State Learning Standards in Science. They reinforce scientific concepts and methodologies and encourage students to become inquiry-based learners.
The Chemical Compound companies have changed ownership several times since the inception of the program, but their support remains steadfast due to their firm belief of it's worth. Currently, Ashland, Fort Amanda Specialties, Husky Lima Refinery, INEOS, and Nutrien are the corporate sponsors. The Allen County ESC is the coordinating and fiscal agent for this program to all public school districts and the five industries in Allen County.