For twenty years, the San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) has been dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in San Diego County. We annually reach more than 30,000 K-12 students, 3500 teachers, and 300 industry, research and university partners with programs, services and partnerships. SDSA has excelled in managing these complex relationships.
But it is not enough. To make a sustained impact, to ignite passion, and to strengthen the education-industry pipeline, we need collaboration among our county’s educational, non-profit, research and business communities and financial support for the resources and projects of the organization.
Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE): Engages middle/high school girls and volunteer, female mentors with opportunities in STEM learning in industry, university and community settings. Impact: 500 girls in more than 25 school districts annually.
Exploring STEM Careers: Robotics: Captivates the art of engineering through robotics using industry mentor connections, robotics competitions, professional development programming and the annual Robo Expo. Impact: 1000 students, 35 teachers and 300 industry, research, university, and community partners annually.
Youth Space Institute: In this multi-level Collaborative, girls launch an experiment the size of a toilet paper roll, into orbit. The project intricately links the aerospace industry with educational institutions, and STEM and academic professionals.
Health Sciences Initiative: Enhances ethnic diversity in health careers by providing high school Career Pathway Programs with resources, expertise and the hands-on engagement of health/medical professionals. Impact: 3,500 students, 25 teachers annually.
High Tech Fair: Engages STEM professionals with tomorrow’s talent through a 1.5 day hands-on learning experience including career awareness conversations with innovators from regional STEM industry, research and university partners. Impact: 4000+ middle and high school students 60+ corporate and non-profit exhibitors, annually
Partnership Awards: Recognizes exemplary partnership activities among institutions and schools
Impact: 300 community collaborators annually.