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SciTech is an after-school program for fourth through sixth grade girls at San Diego-area elementary schools. Each participating school selects 25 students and hosts the weekly two-hour SciTech program on school campus from October to May. Students 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.


SciTech Application for 2017-2018

The SciTech application window is now closed. Applications for next year will be posted on May 1, 2018. 


The SciTech 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, family engagement 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

SciTech concludes with a culminating Tech Challenge at the Fleet Science Center. SciTech students learn of real-world problems and are given time, tools and encouragement to devise a solution. One year, students might learn about plate tectonics and then collaborate with classmates to design structures capable of withstanding earthquake-like forces. The next year students might learn about the material science of plastics and then devise a solution to the Great Pacific garbage patch. Tech Challenge encourages students to learn more about their environment through a scientific lens and empowers them to find solutions in ways that will benefit our community in the future.







Reuben H. Fleet - Sci Tech Girls from Katherine McDonald on Vimeo.



 Tech Challenge Encanto Students Final Prep  Tech Challenge Johnson Students compete

 Tech Challenge finalistsTech Challenge Cherokee Point


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



Thank you

Funding for SciTech is provided by General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, ResMed Foundation, Rice Family Foundation and the J.W. Sefton Foundation.


        J.W. Sefton Foundation