At the Fleet Science Center we have devoted significant time in recent years to developing strategies to increase the engagement of children and adults in the wonder of STEM learning. We know that by inspiring individuals to be interested and curious about science, technology, engineering and math, that we are opening the door to a world of possibility. However, we have seen little improvement in student performance in STEM disciplines and participation in STEM careers.
With the multitude or organizations and programs whose mission it is to address this need it's a quandary as to why we have yet to see significant improvement or evidence of sustainable change. At the Fleet we have come to the conclusion that we need to stop acting in isolation and collaborate with other important players to solve this complex problem. The Fleet is San Diego's Science Center, however, our region is rich in STEM assets that if engaged in a collective manner have the potential to create lasting impact.
OUR MODEL OF COLLECTIVE IMPACT
As you know, in October 2015 we launched our neighborhood program, 52 Weeks of Science in Barrio Logan. From inception to implementation, 52 Weeks was designed using the concept of collective impact. While the Fleet serves as the backbone organization, 52 Weeks requires collaboration with and the participation of local government, the business community, non-profit partners, educational institutions, and the host community. Each week, our partners provide STEM learning opportunities open to all members of the community. This collective effort creates a rich and diverse experience that most stand-alone organizations would struggle to provide independently. By sharing the responsibility, we are able to have an ongoing and dependable presence in the community the program serves increasing the likelihood for lasting impact.
FROM BARRIO LOGAN TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Following the launch of 52 Weeks of Science, the Fleet's Director of Education Kris Mooney, joined leaders from 26 other local and regional networks for STEM learning in Washington, D.C. as part of the national STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative. There, the Fleet's collective efforts to create a thriving STEM ecosystem in San Diego took center stage as leaders exchanged strategies for building all students' STEM knowledge and expertise through multi-sector "ecosystems" that bring together schools, out of school programs, businesses, institutions of higher education and STEM-rich institutions like the Fleet.
LEADING THROUGH COLLABORATION
We have learned a great deal since the launch of 52 Weeks of Science, and we now believe more than ever that it will take a collective effort to create the pipeline of STEM knowledgeable and curious minds that our region is thirsty for. As San Diego's Science Center, we view our role as a convener and collaborator and through collective action we can create the change needed.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Fleet's work in our San Diego region.