Forbes ranks San Diego the third best city in the nation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs. To ensure that our region is creating the pipeline for innovators, entrepreneurs and industry leaders in these fields, UC San Diego has joined KFMB CBS News 8 and the San Diego County Office of Education in INNOVATE 8, an initiative to educate and engage students in STEM learning opportunities. Our partnership includes four paid advertising spots, public service announcements, plus a variety of news stories featuring our campus STEM outreach efforts and programs in K-12 classrooms countywide, which will run now through the summer.
Barbara Sawrey, UC San Diego associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education, states in an INNOVATE 8 news story, “Up to this point the U.S. has been a global leader in STEM Education, STEM delivery and STEM Jobs. In order to maintain that global leadership, we need to look at what we do in terms of teaching our students the STEM disciplines. And although we can think globally, in fact we have to act locally. So we have to spend time looking in our own back yard, at how we educate and teach students.”
Through our involvement with INNOVATE 8, we can share with CBS News 8 viewers the various ways in which UC San Diego faculty, staff and students are working to network, leverage and multiply existing resources to improve STEM education throughout our region.