The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is always looking for opportunities to share our passion for science with the community. Earlier this year, the Fleet was offered an opportunity to do just that.
In March, the San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) joined the Fleet and brought along a number of great programs, including BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering). BE WiSE offers girls in grades 7-12 the chance to engage with professionals in STEM-based careers through visiting organizations like General Atomics, UCSD School of Engineering, the San Diego Sheriff's Crime Lab and more. Encouraged by the remarkable achievements of both current members and alumni, and as an important platform in sparking the interest of science in young women, the Fleet enthusiastically added BE WiSE to our roster of programs.
We met dozens of phenomenal women at a recent alumni event. As these alumni have gone on to make great strides, they all acknowledge how important BE WiSE was in their journey. So it's not surprising that alumnae are eager to share their experiences and passion for science.
One alumna, Esha Dalvie, participated in a number of BE WiSE
workshops which she found exciting. She enjoyed getting hands-on opportunities in various science fields such as engineering, computer science, and forensics that weren't necessarily covered at school. One opportunity that she found particularly fascinating was a UCSD Medical School workshop that taught girls about the effects of cancer on reproductive health. It provided her with an amazing experience learning about biology and medical research and helped her define her college and career path. Esha
recently graduated from UC Berkley with a B.S. in Molecular Toxicology and is
starting a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She
BE WiSE with helping her discover her interests and passions and hopes that the program inspires other young women to discover who they'd like to be, just as it did for her.
Rae'Bel Neary, a current participant, is an incoming junior who has accomplished many things during her time at BE WiSE. In 2014, she led her school's team to win the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team's app, The Digital Learning Tutor, was celebrated as the Best Middle School App in California. Energized by the experience, Rae'Bel spoke to the Cajon Valley Union School District Board to summon support for a computer coding class. Rae'Bel views her passion for science from a global perspective, striving for science to be a subject that is accessible to everyone - a mature outlook for a high school junior. She is a great example of the forward thinking future leaders we are inspiring every day.
Esha and Rae'Bel are charting a course for young San Diegans to become our future leaders, not only in science but in technology, engineering and math. With programs like BE WiSE and other exciting plans to expand our reach, we can ensure that all San Diegans have access to transformative science experiences. Join us as we foster new connections in the community and share our passion for science.