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WELCOME TO THE DISCOVERY INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

The 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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EVENTS and ACTIVITIES

 

PAST EVENTS

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.

Additionally, 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.

COURSES

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 RESOURCES

STEM Education Coalition
CSLNet
Endeavor Institute
Central Coast STEM Collaborative

Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
Walt Reil's STEM Links

 

OUR DREAM

Our 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 grand venture.   

SAN 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.

CONTRIBUTIONS to the DISCOVERY INSTITUTE from individuals, families, agencies, corporations, and the government support its programs, activites, and mission.

PH: (805) 709-0579 FAX: (805) 546-3232
EMAIL: info@institutefordiscovery.org

We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, creed,or ethnicity

STEM
SHOWCASE

A grand success!

Please visit the web page to see pictures and hear more about this fabulous event.

ISLAND
BIOLOGY Course

Offered Summers only

Learn about the ecology of Catalina Island while hiking, snorkling, and doing scientific research. Credit may be offered through CUESTA COLLEGE

STEM
FORUM

This successful event established partnerships between business and education and led to the Central Coast STEM Collaborative.

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We now tutor Middle School, High School, and College Science Courses.

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