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October 7, 2015

Organized by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 52 Weeks of Science is a means to unite partners with the goal of bringing accessible science learning to the community every week of the year. More than 30 organizations have come together in partnership with the communities of Barrio Logan and Logan Heights to launch the program, which brings weekly science learning events to both communities.

The kick-off party, held on October 6 at the Logan Heights Branch Library, highlighted the importance of bringing informal STEM education to this underserved area. It showcased the level of engagement in the already existing STEM education programs in the neighborhood, bringing awareness to how the impact of such programs can be magnified when multiple organizations work together. Representatives from the 52 Weeks of Science planning group, San Diego City Council District 8, neighborhood schools, nonprofit organizations and volunteer associations were in attendance to support and encourage the community to participate and learn more about the initiative.

The event included a mini science fair with food, music, hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Life Science Summer Institute (LSSI) demonstrated a Wheat Germ DNA extraction, during which children and families enjoyed isolating DNA from raw wheat germ. Additionally, Sofia Ospina and Angelica Vera, summer 2015 LSSI participants, volunteered and presented their scientific posters highlighting their summer research project at The Scripps Research Institute.  

At 52 Weeks of Science events, attendees can enjoy hands-on demonstrations and interact with local scientists, researchers, engineers and more as they reveal their cutting-edge work. One week, a science author will share his illustrated book highlighting the journey of a tiny seed to a full-grown plant. On another week, astronomers will invite visitors to see through their telescopes and learn about the mysteries of space. Other 52 Weeks of Science events might include spectacularly messy science demonstrations, interactions with robots or fun science projects that participants can take home.

For more information about 52 Weeks of Science and the current schedule of events, visit

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