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Applications for the Fleet Science Center’s Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering Program Are Now Open

The Fleet Science Center encourages girls in grades 7-8 to apply for this free and exciting program before February 7, 2022.

January 03, 2022

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is now accepting applications for the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program through February 7, 2022. BE WiSE is a free program that engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences in collaboration with the region's research, industry and academic institutions. BE WiSE sparks interest in STEM through interactions with female professionals and leaders, increases the participants' opportunities in and knowledge of STEM fields of study, and develops a community of girls engaged in science learning throughout middle and high school. 
The goal of the BE WiSE program is to engage girls in free STEM learning experiences through real STEM-related work, situations and hands-on learning. Once accepted into the program, girls will interact with successful women currently working in STEM-related careers while attending workshops held virtually at STEM companies, local universities and research facilities. 
Girls in grades 7 and 8 can now apply for BE WiSE through Friday, February 7. Applications submitted must include a teacher recommendation and a personal essay to be considered for the program. Once accepted, BE WiSE girls will attend a welcome event and orientation as their first activity and will be invited to various STEM workshops throughout the year. 
"Although I had always had a strong admiration for scientists and engineers because of their vast knowledge and innovation. I couldn't imagine myself in their position until I became a part of BE WiSE. I had always thought STEM was a male-dominated field that made no room for girls like me until my 7th-grade teacher encouraged me to apply to the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering program," said BE WiSE alum Clarissa Jacobo. "Looking back on the moment I was accepted into BE WiSE, I had no idea how great of an impact being a part of this incredibly strong-knit community would have on where I am now. My journey went from attending workshops where I connected with engineers to attending the College of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley as a Bioengineering Freshman. I know that one day my hard work will pay off, I'll work in a career doing what I love, and hopefully, I too can be as inspiring as the women I met at the BE WiSE panels."
Last year, the Fleet Science Center accepted 120 girls into BE WiSE and hosted over 30 events throughout the year. Currently, there are 720 girls in the BE WiSE program in six different cohorts. 
For more information on the Fleet's BE WiSE program, visit www.fleetscience.org/bewise.
 What: The Fleet Science Center is now receiving applications from girls in grades 7–8 to participate in the BE WiSE program. 
When: The application period is now open through February 7, 2022. Applications will be reviewed, and announcements will be made by end of March 2022. 
Where: To apply and for more information, visit www.fleetscience.org/application. 
Who: The program application is available for girls in grades 7–8. The program follows the girls through the end of high school. 
Why: The goal of the BE WiSE program is to engage girls in free STEM learning experiences through STEM-related work, situations, and hands-on learning while working alongside STEM professionals, to motivate the next generation of female scientists to pursue STEM careers. 



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.