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The Fleet Science Center to extend the application deadline for the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering program

February 05, 2021

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is extending the application deadline for the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program to Friday, February 19, 2021. 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 girls’ interest in STEM through interactions with professionals, increases participants' opportunities and knowledge of STEM fields of study, as well as developing a community of girls who are 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 who are 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 must apply for BE WiSE during the month of January with the deadline being on the first week of February. Applications submitted must include a teacher recommendation and a personal essay in order to be considered for the program. Once accepted, BE WiSE girls will attend a virtual orientation as their first activity and continue to be invited to various science workshops throughout the year.


Last year, the Fleet Science Center accepted 130 girls into BE WiSE and hosted over 30 events throughout the year. Currently, there are 730 girls in the BE WiSE program on six different cohorts. 


The Fleet Science Center is now receiving applications from girls in 7th and 8th grade to be a part of the BE WiSE program. The application period is has been extended to February 19, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and announcements will be made by end of March 2021. 


To submit an application and for more information, visit www.fleetscience.org/application.


For more information on the Fleet’s BE WiSE program, visit www.fleetscience.org/bewise


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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.

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