This year, we partnered for the first time with the Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI) to provide a fun learning event focused on individualized attention. ODI is an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of students from underserved communities using ocean science. Their students are 8 times more likely to earn a college degree within 5 years than the average low-income student, and 9 of the 13 schools they serve significantly increased science test scores.
The Community Outreach Committee (COC) worked with ODI to bring the resources of UCSD to an underserved community of San Diego. We, along with SQ’s Review Board, created an event to teach these students how to approach, read, and analyze a scientific paper. By pairing an SQ member to a group of two or three students, we maximized our impact on these students to increase their interest and excitement in science.