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Try Engineering! Earn a Stipend for Out-of-School Time

Now Recruiting Middle and High School Teachers. Deadline Dec. 5.

Students compete for fun and build a robot, ROV or wind turbine

Our Exploring STEM Careers Initiative is now recruiting math, science and technology teachers for an out-of-school time project to teach students basic engineering.  All equipment costs are paid for through a NSF grant. Teachers receive a stipend for their time and professional development training. To be eligible, teachers need their principal’s signature and must be from these public & charter school districts: Cajon Valley Union,  Dehesa , Escondido Union , Grossmont Union High,  Lakeside Union, Lemon Grove, San Diego Unified, Santee, San Ysidro, Sweetwater Union High.

Click here to complete the ESCI INTEREST FORM!



Exploring STEM Careers Initiative (ESCI) is a National Science Foundation funded grant to San Diego State University Research Foundation in collaboration with San Diego Science Alliance.

Exploring STEM Careers Initiative Participation Forms 2014-2015 Season

Participation Requirements

Media Release Form

Teacher Commitment Form

Research Forms: Teacher Consent to Act, Student Consent to Act, Parental Consent

Challenge Facts for Teachers: Botball, SeaPerch, Kid Wind


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Why Robotics?

Robotics education and competition develops students’ talents and understanding of STEM subjects. It motivates students to enhance their technology skills and introduces them to STEM careers through an engineering challenge. During research and deployment tournaments, students interact with professionals who serve as mentors and role models.

Participation in competitive events also provides students with opportunities to practice sportsmanship, teamwork, intellectual prowess, and competitive spirit which are normally associated with athletics. These values are important to young adults’ development as they move into their chosen careers.

Robots in Land, Sea, and Air

SDSA leads and facilitates K-12 robotic education by supporting numerous nationally-recognized programs and competitions including: Botball, iARoC, FLL, FIRST, Smart Mind Robotics, and Robo Link, as well as providing teacher training for Mind Storms Robotics, SeaPerch remotely-operated underwater vehicles, and Kid Wind wind turbine programs. In addition, SDSA hosts SeaPerch regional qualifying tournament and Kid Wind qualifying and regional tournaments.