Design Your Dream (Girls) School

Sisu Academy is a new  free private high school for girls in San Diego.  We are launching our school design cohort Feb 11 from Malcolm X Library. We have two community events going on that we are spreading around town to invite girls and their families to help co-design the school.

The design events will be held at Malcolm X Library in Southeast (1/23) and Oceanside Library (1/25).  Please RSVP at

What is Sisu?  “Sisu”: The Finnish concept for stoic determination, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness.
​Sisu Academy is the first all-girls tuition-free, boarding high school, with an embedded incubator fueled by entrepreneurs and seed capital creating an immersive learning environment that funds all operational costs. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit for public good.

San Diego Woman of Distinction

I am so excited to be recognized as a Woman of Distinction with San Diego Woman Magazine.  Thank you so much for your continued, growing partnership with the business school that is More Than The Bottom Line, Point Loma Nazarene University!

Please check out the Jasmine L. Sadler spread on page 20-21, and all of the other Woman of Distinction with whom I share this Holiday Edition of San Diego Woman.  I’d like to especially recognize Judith A. Habert and Dawn Nicoli for your professionalism and an enjoyable experience.  Leave a comment, sponsor, and share this awesome work!

Robotics STEM Volunteers Needed

We are so excited to be a Creative Mentor for the lilSTAR Winter Robotics Program with Camille Eddy.  @theSTEAMcollab facilitated the collab  between Spurgeon Thomas of lilSTAR and Tom Lupfer of Clarity Design.

The registration is closed for students, but we still need technical volunteers to assist the students with building and designing the robots.  The Robotics Program will take place on the campus of University of San Diego on Saturday, 12/15/18 and mentors are needed any time between 10am-5pm.  If you are interested or know someone who may be, please share and complete the registration at:

Best wishes to lilSTAR for a successful event and all you continue to do to change the students lives in Southeastern San Diego!

52 Weeks of Science Clairemont – Career Showcase

Dear Colleagues,

The end of the first year celebration event for the 52 Weeks of Science in Clairemont/Linda Vista will take place on:

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Madison High School Gymnasium
4833 Doliva Dr., San Diego, CA 92117

52 Weeks of Science Clairemont is turning ONE! Join us for celebration with hands-on science activities, a local STEM career showcase and an unforgettable performance from the Fleet Science Center’s Don’t Try This at Home! show. Bring out the whole family and Discover Science Here!

If you would like to and are able, please sign up to have an activity or to be part of the STEM Career Showcase where students can walk up to your table and have a casual conversation about your career and the pathway you took to get there. Please fill out the event sign-up form and you will get information, including all of the logistical details.

F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Expo

The 8th Annual F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Expo!
Saturday April 28, 2018
9AM – 2PM

A one-day expo designed to increase the self-esteem and self-efficacy of teenage girls in underserved communities. The expo brings girls together, in a positive and safe environment, and encourages them to lead productive and purposeful lives.

S.T.E.A.M. FAIR featuring Microsoft & Sony!
College 2 Careers Workshops for College Ladies!

This event is all about inspiring, uplifting, and encouraging girls age 11 & Up!

Workshops on:

  • Join The Code Movement (hosted by UCSD Graduate Women in Computing)
  • Strengthening Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Who Am I? Exploring Self Identity
  • Healthy Mind (Mental Health Awareness hosted by MHA)
  • Surviving High School & College
  • Many More!

Scholarships for STEAM Academy

FREE Scholarships through The STEAM Collaborative!!

For the first 2 families, the planning team has offered to cover a portion of registration, and The STEAM Collaborative will cover the remaining fees!
Please email to apply or with a peer recommendation.  Jasmine will respond with more information about the event and the application information.

8/6/18-8/10/18 S(TEAM)2 Summer Academy for Middle School Students (entering 6th– 8th)

8/6/18-8/10/18 S(TEAM)2 Summer Academy for High School Students (entering 9th – 12th)

Eligibility criteria for the scholarship:

– Students must qualify for free lunch
– Students must be entering the 6th-12th grade
– Students must return the application by May 1
– Students and at least a parent/guardian must attend the camp orientation on the afternoon of Sunday, August 5th on USD’s campus.

Another FREE Event!
8/11/18 Register for the STEAM Youth and Community Conference (It Always Sells Out!)

Paper Machines Workshop at USD

Paper Machines Workshop for familiesSunday, March 4, 2018, 9-11 am, Dr. Odesma Dalrymple and Dr. Perla Myers, University of San Diego, Loma Hall, Cymer Ideation Space

Create your own paper machine! This workshop will combine engineering and paper folding concepts to explore some of the endless possibilities of paper folding and desing thinking. We will start with stations, where participants will learn various techniques, then they will combine the techniques to create their own paper machine. We will end with a short presentation on further applications of paper folding and design thinking to medicine, manufacturing, social justice, etc.

No RSVP required, but give Dr. Perla a heads-up and thank you:

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Other cool USD events in April:

Knapp Events at USD


Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Reception to follow

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics, by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Mathematically, they are continually developing algorithms to fold paper into any desired shape. Sculpturally, the duo has been exploring curved creases, which remain poorly understood mathematically, but have potential applications in robotics, deployable structures, manufacturing, and self-assembly. By integrating science and art, they constantly find new inspirations, problems, and ideas: proving that sculptures do or don’t exist, or illustrating mathematical beauty through physical beauty. Collaboration, particularly as a father-son team, has been a powerful way for them to bridge art and mathematics. Prior to the lecture, guests will be able to view a sneak peek of the exhibition in the Humanities Center Gallery starting at 4 p.m.


Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine explore the worlds of sculpture, manufacturing, and shape based on the notion of scale.  In particular, they explore ideas behind several parallel creation stations (including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista, one in Tijuana) that allow participants to simultaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. Some of these creations will be “folded” into the exhibit, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” prior to the gallery opening reception on April 27.

Gallery Exhibition: Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings

Monday, April 16, to Friday, May 18

Humanities Center Gallery, Serra Hall 200

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 5–7 p.m.

Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings will feature work by the Demaines and work created in several parallel creation stations — including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista and one in Tijuana — that will allow participants to simultaneously and spontaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. The exhibit will begin with a few pieces by the Demaines and the collaborative creations will be “folded” into the exhibit prior to the gallery opening reception.

Simultaneous Creation Stations:

During the week of April 16-23, when Martin and Erik are at USD, there will be several creation stations that will run in parallel, including two at the University of San Diego, two in Tijuana (at the Escuela Libre Architecture School and at a Community Center), and 3-4 in the San Diego community (schools or community centers). Participants (students, teachers, families, community leaders, etc.) at the different sites will simultaneously create based on challenges to be revealed each day inspired by the work of the Demaines. The work at these stations will be streamed to the Humanities Center at USD throughout the week, and some of the collaborative work will be “folded” into an exhibit that will include work by the Demaines, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” in time for the gallery opening reception on April 27. Part of our vision for this project is to introduce the San Diego and Tijuana communities to creative, playful, interdisciplinary thinking with the Demaines and to inspire a bi-national collaboration that will result in the development of new works infused by the rich assets of our diverse communities.

Speakers Needed at Bell Middle School

Good Morning,

Speaker Series 2018

My name is Precious Hubbard and I am the principal at Bell Middle school. I am looking for San Diego community members who would like to motivate and inspire middle school age students with a brief and engaging interaction. If you aren’t comfortable delivering a 45-minute presentation, we can add you to a panel of speakers (2-3). Our students need to see professionals they can relate to and hear stories of resiliency.

Please see an invitation attached to speak to students at Bell Middle school during our speaker’s series. If you are interested, be prepared to commit at least one hour and send a mini bio ahead of time so teachers can sign their classes up to hear you speak. My contact information is below and in the letter.

Thank you.

Principal Precious Hubbard

Precious Jackson-Hubbard, Principal
Bell Middle School
620 Briarwood Road
San Diego, CA 92139
(619) 430-1001 Campus

Click Here for times and more info