DISCOVERY INSTITUTE is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax exempt
organization (EIN - 20-2949009), dedicated to the improvement
of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels,
particularly in informal settings. We directly address the crises in education at all grade
levels and the alarming fact that less than half of our students are proficient in science. Our number one priority is Inspiring STEM education for the new
melinneum where the schools must be different to meet the needs of a changing society. What will schools of the future be like?
The Discovery Institute provides informal and formal learning experiences for all ages, educational resources, and professional development for teachers. We emphasize hands-on, minds-on approaches
with goals for improving conceptual understanding, problem-solving
skills, and use of advanced technologies.
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RECENT EVENTS and ACTIVITIES
This four-day field-oriented educational adventure was conducted at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island. Content covered natural history of Catalina’s fascinating terrestrial and marine life, island history, human impacts, and the preservation and conservation of island ecosystems. Hands-on activities involved marine biology labs, nature hikes, kayaking, and daily snorkeling.
On Satuday, June 4th, 2011 we hosted the Annual STEM Showcase. Students from San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties demonstrate exciting and innovative projects in Science-Technology-Engineering-Math
(STEM). We are planning an edge-of-your-seat robotics competition ( Robots Invade SLO campus) and an inspiring keynote address.
We were aco-organizer for the Central Coast STEM Education Forum, held May 24th at Rancho El Chorro. This event brought together professionals, business leaders, non-profits, STEM education organizations, and education, community and governmental leaders to discuss the condition of K-12 STEM education on the Central Coast. Chris Roe, Director for the California STEM Learning Network and General Susan Helms were our guest speakes. One outcome was the development of the Central Coast STEM Education Collaborative which will focus on better STEM opportunities and experiences for students at all grade levels.
We have also been part of the P-16 Mathematics and Science Task Force which promotes STEM education professional develoopment at all grade levels to open a wider STEM Pipeline that will prepare students for a STEM-based future.
we coordinate the "Science
In Our Community Lecture Series." which
involves a series of evening presentations for the general
public by local and visiting scientists about "hot
topics" in science, technology, engineering or
mathemmatics (STEM). Our fist lecture on July 21st,
2007 was given by Jim Wheeler, was “Human-Primate
Communication: My Life with KOKO." This well attended talk was a fabulous success and generated much
interest in non-human intelligence. If you have a speaker in mind please contact us to discuss.
We support ISLAND BIOLOGY , an awesome field-based course, held at the USC Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island. The course examines principles of island ecology, evolution, and biogeography with a special emphasis on the channel islands of southern California, specifically Catalina Island. It is currently being offered for credit through Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
STEM Education Coalition
Central Coast STEM Collaborative
Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
Walt Reil's STEM Links
vision was to create the "The San
Luis Obispo Discovery Center," to promote informal education through
exciting interactive hands-on, minds-on learning experiences
in all fields of
science, health, math, engineering, and techology
for all ages. We had a business plan
and architecural renderings. We regret that we were unable to obtain land on which to build the facility and have consequently put this project on hold. Thanks to all who supported this important endeavor .
LUIS OBISPO DISCOVERY CENTER
Utilizing green building architecture,
this unique Discovery Institute will provide state-of-the-art
for hands-on exhibits, classrooms, conference center,
IMAX theater, planetarium/observatory, organic research
farm, organic food restaurant, and much much more.
As the primary tourist attraction of San Luis Obispo
County, the San Luis Obispo Discovery Center will
draw visitors from around the world to the central
Coast area. The impact for tourism, family wellness,
and education is simply awesome.
to the DISCOVERY INSTITUTE from individuals, families,
agencies, corporations, and the government support
its programs, activites, and mission.
We do not discriminate on the basis of sex,