Ways to GIVE

Inspiring a love of science and creating opportunities for diverse children and youth through the generosity of foundations, individuals, and corporations committed to ensuring that high-quality STEM education learning opportunities are accessible to everyone. Our supporters help us to create opportunities, increase science literacy, and build the future STEM workforce.


San Diego Institute of Science and Technolog (SDIST) expands the Elementary Institute of Science programs to make a significant impact on high school students. The Institute is a robust, STEM-based college preparation and leadership program for underserved students in southeastern San Diego and beyond. The Institute is the only college readiness program focused on STEM careers and academics in the greater San Diego region.

501(c)(3)tax-exempt organization.
EIN 94-1669545

For More Information

Baltazar Perez, Director
Phone: (619) 263-2302
Email: bperez@sdist.org

Become a Sponsor

Partnering with this initiative helps companies be great corporate citizens by investing in programs that build a diverse, robust local workforce that will be ready for tomorrow’s STEM jobs. Institute programs can be branded with your company’s name and/or logo and associated with your corporate identity.

Programs for Grades 9-12

STEM Bridge

STEM Bridge is a leadership and college prep program focused on STEM pathways. The STEM Bridge program provides students with academic, financial, workforce development, and rich learning experiences, including internships that support high school outcomes and college acceptance and completion.

Girls Take Flight

An intensive, 6-month program providing high 10th and 11th grade girls hands-on experiences. They build, program, and fly drones to become FAA certified commercial drone pilots. This is the only program of its kind in the United States and the curriculum was developed by the Elementary Institute of Science.

Teen STEAM Café

In this program, students research current issues that affect them and their local community and examine it through the lens of science. They connect with local STEM experts, conduct community meetings to share and collect information, and make presentations to elected officials. The curriculum and approach of this program is based on a national model known as the Teen Science Café.

Teton Science Schools

This is a unique opportunity for high school students to travel to Wyoming and spend an entire month studying mountain ecology in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Based at the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the students live on campus for two weeks and then spend two weeks backpacking in Yellowstone while conducting their own research project.