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Over the past year, the Fleet Science Center engaged students from 83% of ZIP codes in San Diego County. Achieving this county-wide presence required thinking outside of the Science Center and connecting kids to science in innovative ways. What the Fleet does best—exposing kids to science early, stimulating curiosity and helping them establish a scientific identity—is critically important to a child’s future. This is why we are expanding programs such as Access Science, which brings students from Title I schools to the Fleet, and finding ways to deliver science to as many schools, community centers and unexpected places as possible. These accomplishments would not be possible without you—as a lover of science and science learning—and your continued support of the Fleet.

 

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Early Childhood Exposure and Access

Access to hands-on science learning early in life can have a profound eect. One of the key indicators of a student who will pursue a STEM career is their expressed interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in 8th grade. The Fleet’s many programs — Young Scientists, Junior Science Club, Weekend Science Clubs and Science Camps — provide the early access to science learning kids need.

 

Stimulating Curiosity and Cultivating Interest

Exhibits, films and activities at the Fleet Science Center get kids to ask questions and inspire curiosity about science. Through experimentation, fun and even “magic,” kids develop an interest in science that can stay with them for life. Over 3,000 attended the Fleet’s 2018 Impossible Science Festival curated by physicist and World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer, who creates a sense of wonder to inspire the next generation of scientists, inventors and engineers.

 

Scientifict Identity

One of the Fleet’s most ambitious goals is to help kids build a scientific identity where they see science as a part of who they are. This scientific identity, more than test scores, is a predictor of who selects a STEM major in college and who is likely to graduate with a STEM degree. Programs like BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) help girls in grades 7–12 to develop their scientific identity by connecting them with female scientists who share their knowledge, passion and experiences. Last year 716 girls in the BE WiSE program attended programs at 30 partner sites, including SpaceX, AgriService, Solar Turbines and Illumina.

The Fleet Science Center provides three key elements that have been proven to help students pursue a STEM career: early access, stimulating curiosity and creating scientific identity. And you — our members, Corporate Partners and foundation supporters — are helping the Fleet connect everyone to the power of science to create a better future.