San Diego Science Alliance

aka SDSA, San Diego Science Alliance   |   San Diego, CA   |  http://www.sdsa.org/
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Mission

For twenty years, the San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) has been dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in San Diego County. We put our expertise and resources into action to ignite STEM passion for all San Diego County children, to strengthen the STEM pipeline so that we can re-emerge as a global leader in STEM. Each year the San Diego Science Alliance reaches: 30,000 K-12 Students3500 teachers300 industry, research and university partners But it is not enough. To make a sustained impact on our county's half a million K-12 students we need collaboration among Political, Educational, Financial, Public and Private Resources. And this is where we excel. The San Diego Science Alliance is exceptional in managing these complex relationships. We see it as a necessary and critical need. Your investment will allow the SDSA to continue its efforts to drive collaborative action in a fragmented market.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Ellen Peneski

Main address

5694 Mission Center Road #285

San Diego, CA 92108 USA

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EIN

33-0806707

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Professional Societies, Associations (W03)

Management & Technical Assistance (U02)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BE WiSE

Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering engages middle and high school girls with volunteer, female mentors in ongoing, extensive STEM learning opportunities in industry, university and community settings. The program offers unique, hands-on STEM learning and creates support from peers and from women in STEM to encourage lasting interest in STEM careers.

Population(s) Served

Enhancing the ethnic diversity and strengthening the pipeline is what our Health Science Initiative is all about. We provide high school Career Pathway Programs with resources and expertise to get students engaged in the STEM content they need, and to incubate their passion for the health industry. We connect students with hands-on, real-world experiences with health/medical professionals, which creates meaningful and lasting engagement.

Population(s) Served

SDSA's Engineering and Robotics programming ignites passion for the art of engineering using industry mentor connections, robotics competitions, professional development programming, and the annual Robo Expo. More than just great robot fun, this program aligns with state standards and builds capacity within schools by developing teachers who learn how to guide students in robotics and STEM education. Kids learn engineering principles to create sea, wind, and land-worthy robots, expanding well beyond traditional robotics programs. Portions of this work are funded with a $1.3M National Science Foundation grant led by SDSA in collaboration with San Diego State University Research Foundation.

Population(s) Served

High Tech Fair is our flagship event because of its wide impact across San Diego County. Thousands of kids get hands-on learning experiences from San Diego's STEM industry, who showcase their innovations in engaging, interactive learning exhibits. STEM professionals spark kids' interest in STEM careers by engaging in conversations about what it's like to work in the San Diego's STEM industries. This 2-day event includes a parent night, student showcases, and teacher engagement.

Population(s) Served

SDSA incubates collaborative ventures, and with our SDCaN collaboration, we coordinate efforts to teach STEM through nature because kids are healthier, happier, and smarter when they learn in nature and play outdoors. We bring together educational, environmental, business and community groups to provide schoolyard habitat workshops, teacher professional development, school nature consultants, and nature-based events to advance STEM learning.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Golden Bell - BE WiSE 2009

California School Board Association

Top 20 Non-Profits in San Diego 2008

San Diego Business Journal

Golden Bell - Partnerships Involving the Scientific Community in Elementary Schools 2005

California School Board Association

IMPACT Award 2006

Classroom of the Future Foundation

Honorable Mention - Innovate - MSSELI 2010

Classroom of the Future Foundation

Financials

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San Diego Science Alliance

Board of directors
as of 2/20/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cindy Hesse (Acting)

Retired Engineer, Consultant

Term: July 2013 - June 2016


Board co-chair

John Spiegel

San Diego County Office of Education

Term: July 2013 - June 2016

Dave Massey

Retired Educator

Dennis Spurr

Northrup Grumman

Justin Cunningham

Bonsall School District

Mary Cruz

Sharp Healthcare

Mary Kraus

San Diego County Office of Education

Melanie Brown

Sweetwater Union High School District

Stanley Maloy

San Diego State University

Debra Roy

Community Volunteer

Orianna Bretschger

J. Craig Venter Institute

Dave Dressler

San Diego County Office of Education

Don Whisman

San Diego Unified School District

Mirela Albertsen

CareFusion

Saeid Eidgahy

San Diego Mesa College

Matt Bryant

California Bank and Trust

Anne Fege

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative

Cindy Hesse

Retired Engineer

Robin Kendall

ESCI

Karen Overklift

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Ellen Peneski

San Diego Science Alliance

Angela Reyes

Mayer Hoffman McCann

Teresa Sanchez

ResearchWorks

John Spiegel

San Diego County Office of Education

Joy Wolf

San Diego Zoo Safari Park