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CREATE STEM Success Initiative

An initiative to network UC San Diego’s STEM resources to the San Diego education community to improve the region's K-20 STEM education pipeline

The CREATE STEM Success Initiative (CSSI) is a visionary collective effort linking UC San Diego faculty, staff and students and the San Diego education community in a shared effort to support K-20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the region. STEM skills are more necessary than ever today, and STEM-related jobs will employ many of today’s young San Diegans; but many of our students currently leak out of the K-20 education pipeline (kindergarten through graduate school) in STEM. 

trioIn UC San Diego's CREATE STEM Success Initiative, we're exploring with hundreds of partners how our university can be a resource hub for leveraging local opportunities to learn for students and teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Launched in July 2013 by Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, the CSSI supports key CREATE staff to spend each day linking UC San Diego faculty, staff, programs and students to the local K-12 education community, to support local high-need students and their teachers. We also work with campus and community partners on improving the pipeline at the university level (12-20). CREATE staff work with UC San Diego faculty, staff and students, local educators, and community partners to co-design STEM learning opportunities that plug "leaks" in the local K-20 pipeline.  

  • We help UC San Diego professors design competitive outreach and broader impact plans for their grants, matching outreach design to local education need.
  • We help partners on and off campus plan and assess STEM education interventions that help underrepresented students succeed in K-20 STEM-based courses, majors and careers (see Research).
  • We link UC San Diego faculty, students and staff to high-need schools, educators, and students that would value specific UC San Diego contributions.
  • We help partners design and assess projects supporting local educators to teach science and mathematics, and to apply technology and engineering in the classroom and after school.
  • We help campus and community partners analyze data on the local pipeline to determine pipeline "leaks" and successes.
  • We help partners on and off campus to evaluate their STEM education interventions.

In sum, we support campus and community colleagues to systematically study and address K-20 STEM pipeline leaks in San Diego, and network UC San Diego's outreach and intervention efforts to support local STEM education collectively.

Read about Year 1 accomplishments and review images showing key ways we are leveraging and multiplying UC San Diego’s resources for campus and community impact.

The Year 2 CREATE STEM Success Initiative Annual Report features CSSI projects highlighting UC San Diego’s contributions to the community and spotlights UC San Diego colleagues who are creating new STEM opportunities to learn. Visit our blog for examples of our most recent work.

In this campus-wide initiative, we seek to increase K-12/UC San Diego student participation (and teacher participation) within UC San Diego STEM outreach programs; to increase and improve UC San Diego’s targeted STEM outreach services for underrepresented students and their teachers in high-need settings; and to provide essential outreach design and evaluation consultation/services to PIs across multiple disciplines toward truly broad impact on the local K-20 pipeline. Together, we also seek to increase community awareness of and satisfaction with UC San Diego among educators, students and community groups and to provide additional opportunities for UC San Diego students to engage deeply in service learning and research. 

In thousands of consultations since we launched in July 2013, CREATE STEM Success staff at CREATE have helped campus partners to leverage their work in innovative ways to create learning opportunities engaging local high-need students and their teachers. We've networked, expanded, and created new opportunities to learn for high need students and teachers that are now occurring during the school day, after school and in the summer. We've also helped innovative educators connect to one another. For a multiplier effect, we're particularly working to include teachers from high-need settings in opportunities to learn. 

Join us to help leverage UC San Diego to support local opportunities to learn. Please contact CREATE to discuss your work, offer your input and get involved in this collective effort. Have ideas about shaping STEM outreach or interventions? Contact Susan Yonezawa, K-20 Network Coordinator and CREATE Associate Director, at syonezawa@ucsd.edu. Have questions about evaluating your STEM pipeline effort? Contact Larry McClure, CSSI Research and Evaluation Director, at lmcclure@ucsd.edu. Overall input and questions? Contact Mica Pollock, CREATE Director and Professor of Education Studies, at micapollock@ucsd.edu.