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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 science interest 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.

SciTech is an after-school program for girls in grades 4–6 at San Diego-area elementary and middle schools. Each participating school selects 30 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 household chemistry. 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 Applications

Applications for SciTech for the 2023-24 school year will open May 2023. 
Feel free to send SciTech-related questions at any time of year.

The Tech Challenge 

Saturday, May 6, 2023
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. This year's challenge is building earthquake proof structures. Leading up to the challenge, the lessons focused on the types of natural disasters and geology. The SciTech girls work in teams to build unique structures that will witstand the earth shaking with little to no damage in their environment.
This year's Tech Challenge will have students from:
  • Avondale Elementary School (Spring Valley)
  • Logan Memorial Educational Complex (Logan Heights)
  • Bostonia Global Campus (El Cajon)
  • Bayside STEAM Academy (Imperial Beach)
  • Ella B. Allen Elementary School (Bonita)
Everyone is invited to attend the SciTech Challenge! This competition will be viewable to the public with community scientists participating as judges. The main event will be taking place in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center. While the SciTech Challenge is open to the public, regular admission rates apply.

Making an Impact

Fleet Science Center - SciTech Girls from Katherine McDonald on Vimeo.

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

Thank You

Partial funding for SciTech is currently provided by ResMed Foundation, The Shiley Foundation, SDG&E, Verizon and Qualcomm. 







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