STEM Scholars
STEM Scholars

STEM Scholars
Field Trips

Funded by the SD Foundation Science & tECHNOLOGY gRANT

These field trips help support efforts to expand the pipeline of underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees and career pathways. Learn more about the sites the STEM scholars visited. 

Tierra Tours - 3/2/2018


"Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a six-acre working farm located in the southwest corner of the United States, less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and two-thirds mile north of the Mexican Border. The farm is nestled along the banks of the scenic Tijuana River, and borders the river's stunningly beautiful estuary nature preserve. " 


"The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve preserves, protects, and manages the natural and cultural resources of the Tijuana River Estuary by focusing on research and education with compatible recreation and resource use. The Reserve encompasses beach, dune, mudflat, salt marsh, riparian, coastal sage scrub, and upland habitats surrounded by the growing cities of Tijuana, Imperial Beach, and San Diego"

Cleveland National Forest - 4/6/2018

Mount Laguna tour

"The Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most National Forest in California. Consisting of 460,000 acres, the forest offers a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities.

Until the arrival in San Diego of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the lands now within the Cleveland National Forest were known only to the desert and coastal Indian tribes who used them. The Kumeyaay, Luiseños, Cahuilla and Cupeño found a good living on the abundant acorns and game. Many of our trails today follow those routes first used by these early dwellers."

Cleanup Volunteer Project

"After touring Laguna Mountain with the help of USDA-Forest Services workers and Cleveland National Forest Rangers from the Descanso District, the STEM scholars participated in a cleanup volunteer project. They split up for a trail and canyon cleanup. "

Labs & Turbines - 4/20/2018


"What began as home brewers searching for higher quality yeast, quickly grew into a team of dedicated biochemists exploring new ways to advance brewing altogether. Today, White Labs stands at the intersection of science, education and craft."


"Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a global company with more than 50 service locations spread across the world. Solar is a responsible member of the global community with a commitment to meet energy demands in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner."

Biology - 5/4/2018


"A department of UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education, and public service in the world.

The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment."


"Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute conducts world-class collaborative research dedicated to finding cures for human disease, improving quality of life, and educating and training the next-generation of scientists, thus creating a legacy for its employees, partners, donors, and community.

SBP is paving the way to address unmet clinical needs in cancer, neuroscience, immunity, metabolic disorders and rare diseases. By blending fundamental research with robust drug discovery, we are working to develop treatments that will improve human health."

Water & Power - 5/11/2018


"Padre Dam provides water, wastewater, recycled water and recreation services to 100,000 residents in the San Diego suburbs of Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. They are a public agency with policies and procedures directed by an elected five-member Board of Directors.

Their mission is to provide quality water, recycled water, park and recreational facilities and wastewater management services for their customers. "


"SDG&E lit its first lamp on San Diego streets in 1881. Today, SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based electric and gas utility that is guided by its mission to improve lives and communities by building the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy company in America. It provides safe, reliable and clean energy to its 3.6 million consumers in San Diego and southern Orange Counties."

Biotech & Environmental Science - 6/1/2018


"Inova Diagnostics is a leader in the development and commercialization of new autoimmune technologies and diagnostic markers. They manufacture IVD systems and reagents that are used in clinical laboratories and hospitals
around the world. Inova Diagnostics team has collaborated with clinical researchers to develop biomarkers that help advance the care of autoimmune disease patients." 


"SCST Inc. operates four geotechnical and materials laboratories throughout the Southwest, including one of the most complete and sophisticated labs in San Diego County. SCST is comprised of over 130 professionals who provide
geotechnical engineering, environmental science and engineering, special inspection & materials testing, and facility consulting services."