ScienceBridge has been creating programs to connect current research to the greater San Diego community since 2006. Our innovative programs are listed below, with more information about each program.
Questions about a program? Would you like to participate in a ScienceBridge program? Contact Deputy Director Shelley Glenn Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more!
Our current projects include:
Our innovative labs connect UCSD research and the high school classroom. These cutting-edge labs are based on research happening at UCSD. All of these labs address the needs of high school teachers and students to learn current research topics, and make them relevant at the high school level. These labs are hands-on and inquiry-based, with the ability to scale to multiple ability levels and the needs of the class.
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. This allows time to gain practical skills in teaching and communication, with regular feedback from their teacher partner.
Tech Sites are production sites for ScienceBridge Lab Kits. These sites are designed to introduce students not only to how a biotech company works, but also to have the students be a biotech company! Students fulfill all roles, including safety management, inventory management, solutions and aliquots, and many more.
This program is designed as a miniature version of the Socrates Program, and places graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in a classroom for one day to present an introduction to their research. Scientists receive training on how to introduce a new topic to a class they are unfamiliar with, and we work to place them in classrooms all over the county.
The San Diego Citizen Science Network was founded in 2012 and is organized by Shelley Glenn Lee (ScienceBridge at UCSD), Anne Fege (San Diego Children and Nature Network), MaryAnn Hawke (Geodactics), James Danoff-Burg (San Diego Zoo Global), Meredith Houle Vaughan (San Diego State University). It serves the needs of multiple stakeholders by providing a spectrum of “entry points” into citizen science, and facilitates collaboration by identifying and leveraging existing and potential resources for the region.
CyberBridge was a joint program between UCSD and San Diego State University, which brought teachers and scientists together to create innovative projects combining science and technology in the classroom.
ScienceBridge was instrumental in designing and managing the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, which draws in more than 25,000 people annually. We continue to participate through support of multiple booths each year.
Partnership with the GearUp program produced several innovative projects, including: