Since 2006, ScienceBridge has been working with UCSD scientists, local school districts, community groups, and industry partners to innovate projects that bring the community together to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
With over $7 million in funding from National Science Foundation, The Department of Education, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, ScienceBridge has been able to work with hundreds of secondary science teachers and dozens of scientists to design and implement innovative lab activities that reflect UCSD Science.
We have provided support and training for scientists in how to effectively communicate and teach science, while providing teachers with new content knowledge. As a result, over 120,000 local middle and high school students have been exposed to UCSD STEM research through on-campus activities, scientists in the classroom programs, and the production and implementation of innovative, hands-on laboratory activities in their classrooms.
Socrates is designed to introduce PhD-track graduate students to pedagogy and innovative methods in science communication. Graduate students are paired with a teacher partner for the entire school year, spending one day per week in the classroom. Each teacher-fellow pair produces an innovative curriculum piece based on the fellow's research at UCSD. Students get a chance to learn cutting-edge science, while working with a real scientist. Teachers also have a chance to expand their current science repertoire.
ScienceBridge Labs interface world-class scientists, leading technology companies, high school students, and science educators to develop innovative laboratory activities based on current research.