The Outreach Committee of the San Diego chapter of AWIS is dedicated to nurturing and educating girls and young women interested in science and science-related fields. Our primary goal is to teach young women that they all have the ability to enjoy and succeed in the areas of science, math, engineering, and technology.
Most importantly, we aim to demonstrate to young women that science is fun!
Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
Maker Faire San Diego is an annual event held at Balboa Park in October that brings together thousands of students, educators, and organizations to relay the ideas of combining creative arts, technology, crafts, and science into inventions. AWIS-SD Outreach Committee members, alongside other Makers, present a series of engaging hands-on activities, demonstrations, and projects to promote the interest of participants in pursuing a STEAM career. It’s a great chance to learn more about the MAKER movement and meet others in the diverse fields of STEAM! Visit http://sandiego.makerfaire.com/ for more information!
ChemExpo is part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) San Diego chapter's annual celebration of Chemistry Week. ChemExpo is held in October at San Diego Miramar College and is attended by hundreds of middle and high school students, plus parents and teachers. The AWIS-SD Outreach Committee organizes and presents hands-on experiments designed to “wow” the students with chemistry's diversity and ubiquitous nature. It’s a great opportunity to promote interest in chemistry and connect with the chemistry community. Information about this and other events hosted by the San Diego ACS chapter can be found at http://www.sandiegoacs.org/events/.
San Diego Science Festival
STEM in Your Backyard
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is an annual conference held at the University of San Diego (USD) in March. Approximately 600 sixth- to tenth-grade girls from throughout San Diego County participate in several workshops throughout the day in small groups, escorted by two female college mentors. This is a great opportunity to have fun and motivate young women to pursue science, math, and technology! The AWIS-SD Outreach Committee organized and presented a Crime Scene Forensic Workshop in which students learned about the science behind DNA, fingerprint and liquid/solid analysis, and more! Please visit the EYH website for more information: http://www.eyhsandiego.org.
Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF)
Dare to Dream STEM Career Conference: Exploring Careers in STEM