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INNOVATE 8: Create. Engage. Innovate.

A project of San Diego County Office of Education, Sponsored by UC San Diego.
Credit: KFMB

STEAM Learning matters. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are the foundations of global leadership and excellence.

INNOVATE 8 is NEWS 8’s educational, outreach and mentoring partnership with San Diego County Office of Education and UC San Diego.  Our mission is to engage and inspire K-12 students, particularly underserved minority students, in STEAM learning to empower their futures and promote diversity in the STEAM fields.  We believe education can change the trajectory of a child and the vibrancy and strength of our community and global society are dependent upon diversity and inclusion.  

The University of California, San Diego is a top ten public research university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. UC San Diego and our region are well known for strength in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), but it is vital that we build a pipeline of skilled, educated workers in these fields for San Diego's knowledge-economy. It is predicted that 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEAM related – and that is why outreach efforts that partner community and university resources are key to ensuring the pipeline success.

UC San Diego has a variety of educational programs already in place to encourage STEAM careers for students in our community, including:

  • K-12 tutoring/mentoring programs
  • Graduate student outreach
  • Science partnerships
  • Opportunities for collaborations
  • Summer programs
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Community and family programs
  • UC San Diego is a Lever for San Diego STEAM Education and Success

UC San Diego's faculty, staff and students are working hard to network, leverage and multiply existing resources to improve STEAM education throughout our region to ensure success.

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