SciTech is an after-school program developed by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for fourth through sixth grade girls at San Diego elementary schools. The girls meet 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, the girls make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem solving skills that they will use throughout their lives.
Apply[pdf] for SciTech to be at your school for the 2015-2016 school year!
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
One of the biggest events in the SciTech program is the Tech Challenge, in which students must problem solve and design inventions to complete a specific task. This year’s challenge is Seismic Engineering in Action, for which Tech Challenge participants will work together to build an earthquake-safe structure! The Tech Challenge final competition took place on March 28th, 2015. Finalists from Cherokee Point, Encanto Elementary, Feaster, Rosa Parks, and Logan K-8 competed to see which structure would maintain its integrity the longest, while being subjected to vigorous shaking, with various loads of weight on the structure.
Click here for information on challenge scenarios that you can try with your school!
Funding for SciTech is provided by Qualcomm, the Motorola Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals.