Educational Institutions

San Diego Science Alliance

  • San Diego, CA
  • http://www.sdsa.org/

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. BE WiSE
  2. Health Science Initiative
  3. Engineering and Robotics Programming
  4. High Tech Fair
  5. San Diego Children and Nature
Service Areas

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California

As San Diego County's leading force for STEM advancement, we put our expertise and resources into action to ignite STEM passion in kids and teacher and strengthen the education-industry pipeline. To fulfill our mission, we serve all of San Diego County's 42 school districts, and annually we reach 30,000 K-12 students, 3500 teachers, and 300 industry, research and university partners with programs, services, and partnerships.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2014

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Ellen Peneski

Keywords

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SDSA, STEM, science, K-12 education, business partnerships, resources for teachers, High Tech Fair, Robotics, BE WiSE

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Also Known As

SDSA, San Diego Science Alliance

EIN

33-0806707

 Number

2878574105

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Professional Societies, Associations (W03)

Management & Technical Assistance (U02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2012-2013 Accomplishments SDSA Invests in Operational Efficiency - Transitioned Executive Director Leadership, completed a series of strategy sessions to develop a new brand identity framework, and engaged two new board members. SDSA Ignites Passion through Programs - Introduced engineering principles to 42 teachers and over 700 students from 26 schools in 9 districts using competitive design challenges.Inspired 15 high school girls to design and build a science experiment the size of a toilet paper roll for a 30-day, microgravity flight on the International Space Station. Previous year participants achieved a 100% college acceptance rate.Partnered with over 30 STEM professionals from 3 San Diego companies to increase interest and knowledge of STEM fields for 82 middle and high school girls. Participants showcased their new skills to 130 parents and family members. SDSA Engineers a Stronger Pipeline - Spearheaded the draft of STEM Quality Criteria Framework for the state, and served on the California STEM Task Force and Science Expert Panel. SDSA Incubates Collaborative Ventures - Produced the 16th High Tech Fair where 66 unique STEM exhibitors from regional industries, educational institutions and academia introduced skills for the 21st Century workforce through interactive hands-on activities to over 3500 middle and high school students from 52 schools in 25 districts, charters and private schools. 2013-2014 Goals Remain steadfast in our dedication to engaging, inspiring and strengthening 21st Century STEM skills for our communities K-12 students.Obtain funds to increase capacity and update organization infrastructure in order to more efficiently meet the increasing needs of our constituency.Leverage the learnings from our Industry in ACTION pilot sessions to introduce a county-wide mechanism for Volunteer Matching and Education/Industry Outreach Opportunities.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$45,000

Program 2

Health Science Initiative

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$50,000

Program 3

Engineering and Robotics Programming

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

High Tech Fair

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

62,500

Program 5

San Diego Children and Nature

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$35,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

As San Diego County's leading force for STEM advancement, we put our expertise and resources into action to ignite STEM passion in kids and teacher and strengthen the education-industry pipeline. To fulfill our mission, we serve all of San Diego County's 42 school districts, and annually we reach 30,000 K-12 students, 3500 teachers, and 300 industry, research and university partners with programs, services, and partnerships.

Funding Needs

1. We are seeking funding and support for our infrastructure that will allow us to build capacity. Your investment will be used to execute our Lean Six Sigma organizational plan. 2. Technology assistance to grow and sustain resource catalog and eNews as valued community resources for teachers, other educators, STEM professionals and community members as a ""go-to"" site for STEM learning information, events, and issues. 3. Funding to enhance effective industry engagement mechanism for STEM programs in underserved communities. Specifically targeting need for engineering professionals to participate in local design and build challenges. 4. Sponsorship support for our 17th High Tech Fair to be held in October 2015. Expected participation of 4000 students from districts county-wide.

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San Diego Science Alliance
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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San Diego Science Alliance

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ellen Peneski

BIO

Ellen Peneski, Executive Director, San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA), Ms. Peneski has been a Senior Consultant in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence & Change Management, serving nonprofit organizations and corporations for 15+ years. She has worked with companies such as SAIC, Mitchell International, Optimer Pharmaceuticals and LPL Financial. For the past 6 years, Ms. Peneski has served SDSA as Programs Coordinator, Health Science Program Director, After School STEM Enrichment Program Director, and ""Processes"" Coordinator -reporting on grants for the California Wellness Foundation, developing program implementation guides and producing three SDSA annual reports, from implementation of statistical tracking to completed product. Ms. Peneski has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I came to the San Diego Science Alliance because I value the power of collaboration for collective success. The San Diego Science Alliance was founded because five people actualized the thought, ""Wouldn't it be great if we could provide a way for Educators and Industry to talk to each other and work together to enhance science literacy and make the art of critical thinking fun."" It is twenty years later and our core has not changed. We continue to value collaboration among all stakeholders. We continue to incubate partnerships and develop innovative strategies to engage minds. Though our core has not changed, the landscape has continued to shift. There is a STEM crisis and San Diego's innovation economy is at risk. Thirty-nine percent of California state job postings are classified as STEM jobs. Yet, California 4th graders ranked dead last in a recent nation-wide science assessment. In our own county, this year, only 2 out of 42 school district financial accountability plans even mention the word STEM. What it takes now is action: cooperative, collaborative and coordinated action from community partners like you to change our global trajectory. In this shifting landscape it takes systemic action to raise global citizens who are creative and innovative. It takes a collective effort from all to produce the drastic change that we need. More than 40 years ago I was born into a household with a math professor father and a nursery school teacher turned stock broker mother. Not all children have that advantage. Right now, I have a husband who was born in Korea, and four year old twin daughters. We are raising them in a world that is increasingly more diverse, fast-paced, globally connected and highly competitive. I believe that my children, and all children, deserve to have the opportunity to engage their minds…to be innovative…to be critical thinkers just like I did. I invite you, to join me and the San Diego Science Alliance, to make that dream a reality."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cindy Hesse (Acting)

Retired Engineer, Consultant

Term: July 2013 - June 2016

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