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About SciTech

SciTech is an after-school program for girls in grades 4–6 at San Diego-area elementary 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.


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 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.


Flexibility for Onsite and Virtual Programming 2021-2022

For the upcoming year, the Fleet Science Center will be working closely with SciTech school partners to provide opportunities onsite and/or virtually in order to fit each school’s scheduling needs or limitations. Each week will be filled with new challenges, hands-on activities that can be done either from home or at your school campus, depending on your district plans. Students that participate in SciTech will receive:

  • Video content that introduces the challenge designed specifically for SciTech
  • Provided materials ranging from craft supplies to science specialty items selected by our SciTech Educator
  • Designated live virtual weekly meetings with their classmates, school contact person and SciTech Educator to keep everyone connected, share results and ask questions.

We will work closely with SciTech school partners to provide opportunities to fit each school’s scheduling needs or limitations. Please feel free to include any additional information regarding schedules or changes at you school in your application.




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.  Other past contributors have been General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rice Family Foundation, the J.W. Sefton Foundation and the Patrons of the Prado Bucks4Buses program.