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Programs of the San Diego Science Alliance connect educators, business and community leaders and students to improve science education in the San Diego region.


For the Community

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
San Diego economic growth depends on STEM innovations. SDSA collaborates with school districts and local businesses and community organizations to encourage more interdisciplinary STEM education that can inspire teachers and students, relate school work to the real-world, and prepare students for the demands of the workforce in the global economy.

Resource Catalog
The Resource Catalog is distributed to more than 2000 local teachers through the SDSA web site, and is made available online through the SDSA web site, where it is continually updated.

Science Alliance E-News
The “Science Alert” e-mail service provides advance information about local events and resources for the more than 1,300 registered teachers.

SDSA on the Web
The web page ( is another essential networking tool used by both educators and students to learn about resources and current projects.


For Teachers

The Middle School Science Education Leadership Initiative (MSSELI) is a program developed by the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego City Schools, The San Diego Foundation, and the San Diego Science Alliance. The goal of MSSELI is to identify lead science teachers from San Diego City and County middle schools. Once identified, these teachers participate in an intensive summer and academic year professional development program focused on science content, leadership strategies, and collaboration with area public and private scientific institutions.


For Businesses
The Science Alliance helps inform the business community about educational issues that need to be addressed at the district or state level.

Additionally, SDSA annually recognizes outstanding examples of business/education collaboration in its Partnership Awards Program.


For Students

San Diego students, K-12, can participate in hands-on activities that helps foster a passion for science education and apply their intellects through a variety of programs. These include the following:

Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) is a K-12 hands-on science program for girls and young women.

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)
Expanding Your Horizons, an annual conference coordinated for 6th through 10th grade young women by the national Math/Science Network that increases the participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in math, science, engineering and technology.

High Tech Fair
This annual event provides up to 2,500 middle and high school students with the opportunity to interact with representatives from more than 50 local businesses who offer educational materials and a wide variety of hands-on exhibits. Look for the date on the High Tech Fair web page.

Health Sciences Initiative
The Health Sciences Initiative project is the most recent collaborative effort between SDSA and healthcare and education organizations to encourage students to study science and health in high school, specifically at high school health academies, as well as enhance Latino students’ health and science education experience.

Robotics Competition
MAST Academy/Robotics Competition, organized for 7th through 12th grade students through the San Diego County Office of Education’s Math, Science and Technology (MAST) program, allows students to learn more about and use basic skills that are important to modern robotics.

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