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.
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 Asteroids Rock. Scientists and engineers are considering the feasibility of sending mining missions to select asteroids and returning valuable minerals to the Earth. The first step in such an ambitious program would be sending an unmanned probe to determine the asteroid’s mineral content. In this year's challenge, girls from the Fleet’s SciTech after-school program have designed devices for an earth-based prototype test to launch scientific instruments from a spacecraft to safely land on three specific areas on a simulated asteroid. This competition will be viewable to the public with community scientists participating as judges.
Click here for information on challenge scenarios that you can try with your school!
Funding for SciTech is provided by the Motorola Foundation, ResMed, the Rice Family Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems.
Rice Family Foundation