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Full STEAM Ahead

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Full STEAM Ahead

Fun, engaging STEM opportunities abound for San Diego families. Find ways to be a citizen scientist in your community, websites that make math and science fun and science opportunities just for girls. Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) ahead! 

Science Opportunities for Girls
Expanding Your Horizons Network
An annual science, math and engineering conference for girls ages 11­–16. Featuring workshops, talks and activities with women in the field. Fun and interactive, this conference aims to get girls interested in STEM careers.

San Diego Science Alliance BE WISE
BE WISE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) gives girls in grades 7 and 8 a chance to engage in STEM learning experiences to inspire girls to pursue STEM-related careers. They also offer several multi-day academies over the summer and host dozens of alumni events throughout the year.

Fleet Science Center
The Fleet offers a Saturday science club for girls in grades 5 through 8, featuring hands-on activities with women scientists the second Saturday of each month from 12–2 p.m. Visit website for admission fees and to register.

Society of Women Engineers San Diego County
Good local resource for girls interested in engineering.

Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
A free 3-day program in July for girls ages 13 and up. Microsoft offers hands-on workshops, demonstrations and speakers in the high-tech industry.

Websites that Make Math and Science Fun
Down the Drain. How much water do you use?
Math in Daily Life Interactives
The Mint. It makes perfect cents.
Science of Everyday Life

3 Ways to Be a Citizen Scientist
Scientists rely on community volunteers to observe and report what they see in their own neighborhoods. Check out these citizen science programs that make reporting data fun and easy.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: For the Birds YardMap
This website and software let you map the birds in your yard. Help scientists while bringing more birds to your neighborhood.  

Project FeederWatch
Put up a bird feeder in your yard and start counting. Enter your data and join thousands across the country on the participant map. There is so much information available on this site, kids and parents alike will be birders in no time.

National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Watch
A national program for all ages. Families can share their stories and photos to collect details on wildlife that scientists use to monitor the health and behavior of animals and plants. Become a Wildlife Watch treasure hunter!


Laura Pardo writes from South Park and enjoys mapping local canyons for her graduate research.

Published: February 2015 (updated Feb 2017)