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SciTech is an after-school program developed by the Fleet Science Center for fourth through sixth grade girls at San Diego area elementary schools. Participating school sites help facilitate the students meeting two hours per week to engage in hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to the chemistry of cosmetics. Through project-based learning, students make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they will use throughout their lives.

Application form

The application process is now closed for the 2016 – 2017 school year. We are planning on posting applications for the 2017 – 2018 school year in late spring 2017. Please check back for updates. Feel free to send SciTech-related questions to t3@rhfleet.org at any time of year.

Our Mission

SciTech inspires girls to become innovative and creative thinkers by fostering excitement and interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Through inquiry-based, collaborative investigations and interactions with female role models, SciTech aims to:

  • Build self-confidence and scientific literacy among girls in San Diego area schools
  • Foster an interest in science, technology, and engineering careers
  • Make science accessible to girls in underrepresented communities
  • Develop connections between girls and the local scientific community


Tech Challenge

One of the biggest events in the SciTech program is the Tech Challenge! In the weeks leading up to the challenge, students must problem solve and design inventions to complete a specific task. The 2016-2017 Tech Challenge is the Great Pacific Gyre Clean Up!

Currently, an enormous amount of floating debris covers many areas in the Pacific Ocean. Scientists, engineers, state and local governments are concerned with the impact this has had (and will continue to have) on marine ecosystems. In the Great Pacific Gyre Clean Up challenge, girls from the Fleet’s SciTech after-school program will design prototype rigs to clean up the debris.


Each team will be encouraged to use lessons learned during their SciTech classes, excellent teamwork, good sportsmanship, and as much creativity possible. We look forward to seeing the unique designs and porotypes that each team will create!



Tech Challenge: Sunday, December 11
Location: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
Additional details will be provided to each school site during SciTech classes.



Reuben H. Fleet - Sci Tech Girls from katherine mcdonald on Vimeo.

Click here for information on challenge scenarios that you can try with your school!


Thank you

Funding for SciTech is provided by General Atomics, ResMed, the Rice Family Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems.


Rice Family Foundation