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San Diego Stem Ecosystem

STEM Ecosystem

San Diego Stem Ecosystem: A group of people conversing


San Diego Is a STEM-Rich Region

To be ready for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow, the next generation needs to be equipped to make thoughtful decisions and solve problems. If our region makes sure that all learners have a chance to be immersed in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—then we will develop the kinds of thinkers we need today and in the future.

The STEM ecosystem initiative cultivates and supports bringing together local stakeholders across education, science and business sectors to ensure all students have opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive. The local initiative in San Diego is reimagining how community partners, in and outside of school, can coordinate efforts and align resources to provide quality STEM education for more students. When we surround San Diego residents with STEM-rich learning environments, our region, individuals and businesses can reach their full potential.  

Common Agenda

Create a San Diego where every learner is at the center of a rich ecosystem of connected STEM learning opportunities and STEM-supportive individuals.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

  • Build county-wide networks primed for collective action initiatives
  • Identify and support the expansion and activation of existing models that are replicable across the network

The Foundation of STEM Ecosystems

STEM ecosystems believe in:

  • The joy of exploration and learning together
  • Access to excellent STEM educators and educational opportunities for all learners
  • Locally empowered communities of practice, enacting change informed by a model and mission of their own design
  • Cultivation of partnerships
  • The value of STEM in preparing people for satisfying work that supports a quality life

The San Diego STEM Ecosystem is part of a national initiative.  This initiative is focused on making sure students can move through an ecosystem of learning opportunities (schools, libraries, science centers and STEM-based businesses, to name a few) to grow their knowledge and skills.  Learn more about this movement.

Join the San Diego STEM Ecosystem

Through a series of semi-annual Collab Labs and meetings, partners focused on reimagining STEM learning in San Diego are meeting to discuss the next steps for the local initiative.  As part of this, working groups are evaluating key issues and have formed on the topics of

  • Business Partnerships
  • Early Childhood STEM
  • Environmental Education
  • Expanding Access
  • Innovation in K-12
  • Women in STEM

To join a working group, contact stemlearning@rhfleet.org

To be added to the San Diego STEM Ecosystem email list, click on the button below or contact stemecosystem@rhfleet.org

Partners that are involved thus far include:

Association for Women in Science
Biocom Institue
Birch Aquarium
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boy Scouts of America
Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego
California Association of Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA)
California State University San Marcos
Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation
CraftED Curriculum
Early Childhood System Solutions
Elementary Institute of Science
Encinitas Union School District
EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
Fab Lab San Diego
Fleet Science Center
Junior Achievement

The Maritime Alliance
MiraCosta College
MIT Club San Diego
Ninth District Parent Teachers Association
North County Professional Development Federation
Project Lead the Way
Regents Bank
San Marcos Middle School
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego County of Education
San Diego County YMCA, Child & Youth Development

San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Public Library
San Diego Rotary
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Zoo Global - San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation
Science Delivered!
Smart Mind Robotics
STEAM Insight
STEM Vanguards
Teach for America - San Diego
Technology and Infomation Educational Services (TIES)
University of San Diego


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