SciTech is an after-school science program for girls in grades 4-5. Thanks to a grant through the Motorola Corporation, the Reuben H Fleet Center comes to Kimbrough Elementary once a week on Thursdays to experiment, investigate, and have fun with projects. Our students have built solar powered houses, explored forensic science, cleaned up an oil spill, saved a stranded person on a bridge after an earthquake, and attempted to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch!
SciTech is an after school program developed by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for fourth through sixth grade girls at San Diego elementary schools. The girls meet twice a week to engage in hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to the chemistry of cosmetics. Through project-based learning, the girls make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem solving skills that they will use throughout their lives.
SciTech inspires girls to become innovative and creative thinkers by fostering excitement and interest in science, technology, and engineering.
Through inquiry-based, collaborative investigations and interactions with female role models, SciTech aims to:
|SciTech Girls Asteroid Challenge--Landing an Unmanned Probe on an Asteroid|
Members of our after school program emulate scientists attempting to land an unmanned probe on an asteroid. They must design a device for an Earth-based test to safely deploy scientific instruments from a spacecraft to three vastly different areas on a simulated asteroid. Watch them use skill, ingenuity and teamwork to successfully land their probes!
Scenario: Scientists and engineers are considering the feasibility of sending mining missions to selected asteroids and returning valuable minerals to the Earth. The first step in an ambitious program like this would be to send an unmanned probe to an asteroid to determine the extent to which it contains valuable minerals.
In the asteroid challenge on March 2, girls from the Fleet’s SciTech after school program will design a device for an earth-based test to safely deploy scientific instruments from a spacecraft to three specific areas on a simulated asteroid. This competition will be viewable to the public in the Science Center and many community scientists will be participating as judges.
Click here for more information on the tech challenge.